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Camp Angels for Children with Diabetes

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Send a child with diabetes to a summer camp designed for their special needs.

Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes affects one in every 400 children in the U.S. Research has shown that diabetic camps are the best place to teach children how to manage their diabetes. Unfortunately, many families are not able to provide this unique opportunity to their diabetic child because of financial obstacles.

Many children with diabetes often feel different or out of place because of their dependency on others to manage their health. After having a diabetic camp experience where they are surrounded by hundreds of diabetic peers, they realize they are not alone in fighting this lifelong disease. These children begin to take charge of what is necessary to monitor and control their diabetes. Motivation is a key in caring for diabetes and the camaraderie and social support they receive during summer camp provides that motivation.

It is through your heartfelt donations that we help provide that priceless experience to young campers across the country. Just $25 provides a partial scholarship to make a camp experience possible for a child with Type 1 Diabetes.

Make your donation of $5 or more an ongoing gift by checking the "Make this a Monthly Gift" box and you will help fund a camp experience for children with Diabetes, each and every month.

Update from the Field
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August 2017

Thanks to YOUR donations, Greater Good was able to provide scholarships for over 200 diabetic children from ages 5 to 16 to attend special diabetes camps across the U.S. Some financially-challenged families have more than one child with diabetes, and these donations were able to help one family with three diabetic children attend camp. These camps help teach children how to manage their disease and are an invaluable bonding experience.

Thanks to your support, Camp Angels continues to give children with Type-1 diabetes a magical experience at summer camp. Founders Don and Diane Rung recently shared with us testimonials from campers Matthew and Jamison and a mother of a camper who can't wait to come back next summer.

July 2016

Dear Camp Angels,

Thank you so much for helping me go to camp! I really appreciate it. This year we did so many fun things that were possible thanks to you. We did swimming, archery, volleyball, gaga, nine square and so many other activities. (Personally I like volleyball and archery the most.) Without you guys it would have been really difficult for me to go to camp at all and that would have been a real bummer. Besides all the great activities we did, there was also so much great food. Hamburgers, waffles, corn dogs and much, much more. I am very glad I didn't miss that. I didn't thanks to all of you. Now, most importantly, all the great people I met and friends I made. Without everyone in your great community, I wouldn't have met any of the new people I did. I can't express how grateful I am for that. And again, thank you so much for all you did for me! I appreciate it very much.

Thank You,

June 2016

Dear Camp Angels,

Up until Amber was nine, she was the older sibling of a type one diabetic. She knew what diabetes was and that her brother counted carbs but it was mostly just on the fringe of her awareness. That year she was diagnosed with type one diabetes for Christmas. She was terrified and heartbroken that she would have to do all of the things that her brother did on a regular basis. The only other person Amber had met with type one besides her brother is an adult neighbor, so not a whole lot to identify with there. When we suggested going to camp this past year she was horrified. She didn't want anything to do with it and went under protest as only a moody tween can do. She went through the motions of packing and barely talked on the three hour ride to Camp Aspire. We picked up a totally different young lady. She was pre-diagnosis chipper and had made tons of friends. Amber didn't stop talking for the entire ride home including the stop for lunch. She couldn't wait to get home and call/message all her camp buddies. She talked about climbing the huge wall and conquering her fear of heights. She even started prepping her own pump and took control of a few more parts of her diabetes management that was "all mom" before camp. As a parent it was heartwarming to see her own her disease and have other peers she could commiserate and celebrate with. For Amber camp equals confidence. Thank you for finding her a Camp Angel.

Camp Angels January 2016

Dear Camp Angels,

Camp was AWESOME! I made a lot of new friends and I loved all of the activities. Some of the activities we had were swimming, rock wall climbing, archery, BB gun shooting, the talent show, and a dance on the last night. My favorite had to be the waterfront because there was a floating log that we could try to stand on, but most of the time I fell off of it. I am the only child at my school who has Type 1 Diabetes, but that's okay. I do get tired of people asking me questions about it, but at camp I feel more comfortable because all the kids are just like me. We all know what it is like to have to count carbs, take insulin, and check our blood sugar 10 or more times a day. I didn't want to leave, but I look forward to going back next year. It is the best summer experience EVER!

Thank You,
Matthew K

About Camp Angels:
The idea for Camp Angels was born soon after Don and Diane Rung's son Steve was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. While attending a weekend diabetic camp, they learned that these special camps are a blessing for diabetic children, but one they often can't afford because their medical needs are an existing hardship on their families. In 2002, Camp Angels became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to enable Type 1 diabetic children from financially challenged families to afford an enjoyable, customized camp experience.

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