Out Running Asthma

Out Running Asthma

Madison Magazine: Please describe your involvement with UW–Madison Asthma, Allergy, and Pulmonary Research Group.
For the past two years I have been working as a clinical research coordinator. With this position I take participants through all stages of our current studies. Our studies mostly involve individuals with asthma, but we work with a number of different allergy and cold studies as well. I am also involved with our outreach and marketing group. This group helps organize the run, asthma camp and other asthma awareness events.

MM: What has been the most beneficial element of this organization for you?
I have learned a great deal while working for UW–Madison. In fact, my work with our department sparked my desire to enter graduate school for public health. I have loved having the opportunity to educate our subjects on proper asthma care and management, and realized that I wanted to work more closely in patient education. This fall I will be moving to New Orleans to begin my master’s degree in public health.

MM: How has UW–Madison Asthma, Allergy, and Pulmonary Research Group and its events enhanced the Madison community?
Our group has been running research studies for the past thirty years. We have conducted over four hundred research studies with children and adults on topics such as:

• The role of genetics in asthma
• Treatment of asthma in children
• How colds effect asthma

Our research efforts, along with the thousands of people who have been in our studies, have helped to develop new asthma medications and national guidelines for treating asthma.

In addition to our research studies, we are constantly trying to grow our community outreach. We help with Madison’s yearly asthma camp, promote education opportunities for local residents, and have begun the annual 5K Asthma Charity Race.

MM: Please tell us about the upcoming Asthma Awareness Charity Race.
We created the race after discovering that our local asthma camp will be losing its funding next year. Madison Asthma Camp is a free one-day camp for under-served elementary aged students to learn about their asthma, nutrition and exercise. The Madison Asthma Coalition organizes the camp and all members are community volunteers.

We are calling the run “Out Run Asthma” and it is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15. The race begins at 10 a.m., but packet pick-up opens at 8:30 a.m. The UW Marching Band has volunteered a number of students to come and play before the race begins, and the student radio will be playing music at the finish line!

The community has been amazing with volunteering resources. We have been able to get all of the race materials sponsored by local businesses. Therefore all of the money people spend on registration will go directly toward Madison Asthma Camp!

MM: How can the community get involved with both the Asthma Awareness Race and UW–Madison Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Research Group?
We have a number of different ways for the community to get involved! The first way is to register for the race. We have achieved our sponsorship goal, so all money spent on registration will go directly towards asthma camp. You can register for the race through the Children’s Hospital website at uwhealthkids.org/outrunasthma.

If running or walking isn’t your forte, we are still in desperate need of volunteers! In addition to supporting a great cause, volunteers will receive a free race t-shirt. You can sign-up online via sign-up genius at signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44abac2aa6f49-outrun.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved with our asthma research, we are always looking for more volunteers! You can visit our website at wiasthma.org or call our offices at 608-263-0524.

And finally, if you want to help but are unable to get to Madison on Aug. 15, please consider donating to our race. Something as simple as $5 or $10 will go a long way. Donations can be made through the race registration website.

MM: What do you want others to know about UW–Madison Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Research Group?
Approximately one out of eleven children in Dane County has asthma. Of those affected, three out of five admit to limiting their daily activities because of it. If our race and awareness efforts can reach even a small fraction of the asthma population, it could make a huge difference in their lives.

Whether it is through enrolling in a study, or helping with our other community events, we welcome new volunteers. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you would like more information 608-263-0524.

Out Run Asthma! will be held on August 15th at Howard Temin Lakeshore Path. For more information visit outrunasthma.wix.com/outrunasthma