By: Mari Gold
Summer camp for kids with diabetes enables them to enjoy traditional camp activities with special staff and medical professionals who have experience with the condition. For many youngsters, camp is the first time they connect with another child who has the same medical issue, which offers both a bond and a step towards living with diabetes.
Since 2008, Lilly Diabetes has donated over $440,000 in scholarships to help children from families in need experience the joys of summer camp. In addition, Lilly partners with the American Diabetes Association, the single largest operator of U.S. camps for children with diabetes (41 camps offering 50 sessions in 25 states), by donating more than $20 million in insulin and other diabetes medicines, educational materials, volunteers, scholarships, and visits by special guests.
This year’s $90,000 donation will give 90 children with diabetes the opportunity to attend summer camp for approximately one week. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
“Our mission is to provide personalized resources that help support and care for people with diabetes. There couldn’t be a better, more empowering experience for a young child with type 1 diabetes than to attend a diabetes summer camp, “said Steve Sugino, vice president, Lilly Diabetes. “We are proud to be able to send these children to summer camp, as well as those who will follow them—children who might not otherwise have the opportunity for this kind of life-changing experience.”
For more information on the Association’s diabetes camps and how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.diabetes.org/camp.