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Dr. Norah

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August 14, 2009

I learned about Yosemite Ridge while I was doing research on childhood asthma among Mexican-Americans in the San Joaquin Valley. The camp afforded me the opportunity to spend time with families and professionals who were dealing with childhood asthma, and especially those who were having difficulty controlling it. Many of the families had no knowledge about asthma before attending camp. They quickly learned about the causes and treatment of asthma. Maybe even more importantly they had FUN! So many children are overprotected when they have asthma. These children learned to swim, hike, ride a horse--even rock climb. And they love it!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing low income children learn to control their asthma.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus some more on the role of food in controlling asthma. Make sure that fresh, organic fruits and vegetables were available at all times.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. The families, the staff...and of course, Melanie, the director.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, nurturing, experienced. They put their all into this camp.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve the problem of untreated asthma.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

dealing with poverty. When the families go home they (at least some) still have to deal with the challenges of low education, language barriers, lack of access to adequate health care. At least this chance gives them a fighting chance...

One thing I'd also say is that...

Every child with asthma, including those dealing with the added burdens of poverty and stigma, should have a chance to learn how to control their asthma; as well as to PLAY in a safe, controlled environment. This camp--in Yosemite!--is amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Professional with expertise in this field & I interviewed family members and staff. Am now arranging to send low-income Spanish speaking families from rural communities to camp.