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Message from Breathmobile Medical Director

Dr. Mary Beth BollingerYou, too, can help make a difference for the children of Baltimore! The University of Maryland Hospital for Children Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic, is helping to control the asthma epidemic in Baltimore, where as many as 1 out of every 5 school children can be affected with this potentially life-threatening lung disease (more than twice the national average).

Children with asthma are 3 times more likely to miss school than children without asthma. Hospitalization and emergency room visits for Baltimore children are 2-3 times the national average. The Breathmobile is addressing this asthma problem by providing free preventive specialty asthma care to children right at their neighborhood school.

Please join our list of donors below to help battle asthma and keep children in school learning. Thank you for your support!

Dr. Mary Beth Bollinger
Breathmobile Medical Director


What is the Breathmobile?

In operation since the spring of 2002, the University of Maryland Hospital for Children's Breathmobile is a mobile allergy clinic that visits schools in Baltimore providing services to children with asthma. On board the Breathmobile, you'll find an asthma team that includes a pediatric allergist or pulmonologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a driver. For additional information, please visit www.umm.edu/breathmobile.


How Successful is the Breathmobile?

As of March 2005, the Breathmobile has provided ongoing preventive asthma care to more than 800 children. Data collected suggests the Breathmobile is responsible for a significant improvement in the children who are involved in the program, including a decreased number of lost school days, an increased use of preventive asthma medications and decreased number of emergency visits for asthma. Clearly this program is making a positive impact and improving the quality of life for children with asthma. It is also helping to tackle the asthma epidemic in Baltimore.


How Can You Be an Important Part of the Breathmobile's Success?

Each year the full budget of the Breathmobile must be raised through philanthropic gifts. You can become a supporter of this vitally needed program by making a donation to the Breathmobile. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Listed below are some examples of how your dollars might be used.


What Does Your Donation Buy?

$20 Buys a spacer, a medical device to help a child with asthma use medicine correctly
$30 Buys allergy control covers to help a child with asthma avoid exposure to dust mites
$50 Buys filters to perform lung function testing on 20 children with asthma
$200 Will support a new patient visit, including lung testing and allergy testing
$800 Provides specialty asthma care for one child with asthma for an entire year
$1,500 Will support visits to one public school for a month
$18,500 Will support visits to one school for an entire year

Breathmobile Donors of $1000 and Above:

  • Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • Baltimore City Public School System
  • The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children of Baltimore City
  • Abell Foundation
  • Rite-Aid Foundation
  • WBAL Kids Campaign
  • Aetna Foundation
  • Middendorf Foundation
  • John J. Leidy Foundation
  • Unilever Home & Personal Care - USA
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp USA
  • May Department Stores Foundation
  • Merck & Co.
  • AstraZeneca
  • Allegis Group
  • Jay Klein
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Baker King Foundation
  • The Wiessner Foundation
  • Aventis
  • Family of Ryan Fernholtz
  • Amerigroup Charitable Foundation
  • ALK-Abello, Inc.
  • Lincoln Diagnostics
  • Executive Wireless, Verizon
  • Jennifer Stearman
  • Amy Macht
  • Rick & Deb Armiger

Make a Donation

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Breathmobile:

  • Call the UMMS Foundation office at 410-328-5770 or

  • Use our Secure Online Contribution Form found on the UMMS Foundation Web site (select "Breathmobile" in the Donation Information Designation box).

Are you a Chapter S Business? If so, you may qualify for a tax credit if you make a donation of $500 or more to the Breathmobile. Contact Paula Minsk at the UMMS Foundation office 410-328-5770 for more information. To learn more about UMMS Foundation, visit www.ummsfoundation.org.

This page was last updated: August 6, 2013

         
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