I first attended Camp Huff-n-Puff as a 12-year-old, but over the years my role has evolved. I reached the eligibility age to be a counselor after two years, and I have also been a part of the medical staff. I’m planning to continue coming back as part of the medical staff for as many years as I can. Now that I’m in medical school, I realize that camp was a huge part of what sparked my interest in medicine. Not only did I learn about my asthma and how to live with it, but I got to interact with a group of medical professionals that serve as a great set of role models.
As I continued my time at Camp Huff-n-Puff, I also became more involved with the work of Breathe Pennsylvania as a whole. I spent a lot of time as a middle and high school student raising money for Breathe Pennsylvania through the Walk for a Healthy Community.
Through Breathe Pennsylvania I hope to keep learning how to bring outreach programs to both kids and their families, reaching them not just at camp, but all year round. The work Breathe Pennsylvania does is so important, and I intend to support them in any way I can.