Camps Make a Difference!

Camps make a difference in the lives of children with diabetes, their parents and even the staff who work there. Here are their words.

Thank You from Camp Parents

To: American Diabetes Association Camp Staff
From: Camp Parents across the country

"I just wanted to tell you how much our daughter, K, enjoyed her first year at Camp Carolina Trails. As I'm sure you have heard many times before, this was her first time being around other diabetics (other than at the endo!). The look on her face at lunch when everyone whipped out their monitors put a smile on my face. I think that was the first time in the almost 2 years since she's been diagnosed that she felt "normal" again. I hope this is the first of many years for her at Camp Carolina Trails.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication to this program (as well as the countless others who I know contributed). The camp had such a profound impact on our entire family and we are already counting the days to next year!" — Kris S.

"I just want to say thank you to you and the staff from the bottom of my heart for putting together such an amazing camp and place for kids with type 1. This was my daughter's first year and she had a fantastic time. She was so sad to leave her new friends behind and I think it really helped her face living with diabetes head on for the first time. I really appreciate your providing such a meaningful experience for my daughter and she is planning to return next year." — Mary O.

"N cannot stop talking about camp and actually went to bed last night teary… missing his bunkmates and being at camp. He had such fun… which was our biggest goal…but he also stated on the ride home: mom, I really think I am a better diabetic after going to camp. Music to my ears!"

"It's like she came home a new child with a new attitude. She tells me she is stronger now and not ashamed of having it."

"…on the way home he showed us how he learned to give himself a shot. I, of course, had tears running down my face....which he could not understand. They were tears of joy for him but tears of sadness that he has to learn all these things. He cannot wait for next year."

"I wanted to take the time to thank you for a few things. First and foremost, it would not have been possible financially for C to go to Camp this year, without the generous support from your organization, thank you."

"Tori came home from camp and checked her BG. She started laughing and told me to look. If there was ever a sign that everything will be ok, this is it! Thank you for all that you do! I can tell you put everything into these programs."

"Guiding and encouraging kids at camp has led him to a career of working with special needs kids in home health settings. His heart is for kids, and he seeks to help them make life "do-able", just as experiences like Camp New Horizons have done for him."

Thank You from Campers

To: American Diabetes Association Camp Staff
From: Camper, Camp Confidence, Triangle D and Teen Camp

"Six days to be just like everyone else. I’ve had diabetes for 13 years now and sometimes it's hard to find people that I can relate to. It's tough to feel like you’re the only person in the world who has to deal with this, but then you go to camp. Camp to me, is a place where I feel safe and people understand what I'm going through. When I'm there everyone gets it, no one stares, and there's no explanation necessary. Camp has really impacted me and motivated me to take care of my disease. Every year, with the thought of camp, I strive to stay in better control and take care of myself."

Thank You from Camp Staff

To: American Diabetes Association Camp Staff
From: Camp Staff

"Having the opportunity to be part of a program that has the ability to migrate such positive, strong and loving people who all unite due to one mutual passion has been life changing in itself for me. We're all in it together and we WILL make a difference!"

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