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For camp founder Linda Gibson-Young, an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, watching children with asthma chase balloons was a small victory in a long battle.

Children ages 6 to 12 from the Kissimmee area were invited to the camp which was created for at-risk youngsters who don't have access to regular health care that could help them manage their asthma.

The four-day camp offers games and activities designed to get kids thinking about how their illness works and how they can respond to symptoms before an asthma attack occurs.

At Camp Easy 2 Breathe, which tapped UCF nursing students as staff, youthful exuberance wasn’t something to tolerate — it was a reason to celebrate.