Don’t Let Children With Diabetes Feel Isolated This Summer
By Marina Maskaykina – GreaterGood.org
Summer camps are more than a place for children to have fun. Going to summer camp helps children build important social and life skills, like self-reliance and resiliency. A camp environment can be a nurturing place away from the chaos of busy city life. Unfortunately, not all children get to experience the benefits of going to camp. An average summer camp can cost a family anywhere between $200 to $1500 a week. If a family is already struggling to make ends meet, the cost of summer camp is a huge barrier. For families caring for children with high medical costs, summer camp is at the bottom of their list of priorities. That’s why GreaterGood.org is helping children with diabetes go to camp – to enrich their lives, while they learn how to manage their disease with others who are going through the same thing.
We need YOUR help to send these great kids to camp!
Children with diabetes can already feel isolated in their daily lives. They have to constantly monitor blood glucose levels as well as count the carbs in every meal. When you are the only one in your class who has to do these things, you start to feel embarrassed or resentful of your disease. Camps designed specifically for children with diabetes helps to alleviate these feelings. Research has shown that diabetic camps are the best place to teach children how to manage their diabetes. These camps also give children the opportunity to meet others who face the same daily challenges as themselves.
Two Ways You Can Support Children With Diabetes This Summer
Camp Midicha is the largest pediatric diabetes camp in the country. This camp offers swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, and other traditional camp activities. They also have specialty staff like pediatric endocrinologists, nurses and dietitians – all there to help teach the campers about all the aspects of successful diabetes management.
Camp Angels helps send children with diabetes to special camps all over the United States. With your help, last year we sent 200 children to camp through Camp Angels! This year, we need your help to support even more children. Your donations are helping children like Emily, who wrote us this letter:
Summer camps help children with diabetes realize they are not alone in fighting this lifelong disease. Motivation is key in caring for diabetes, and the camaraderie and social support children receive during summer camp gives them that motivation to manage their disease and not feel alone.
By sending a child with diabetes to summer camp, you are helping them take control of their disease!