More than 20,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes every
year, a life-changing disease that requires 24/7 monitoring for
the rest of their lives. They must learn how to properly evaluate
every food they consume, symptom they experience and
physical activity they undertake, which can cause feelings of
isolation, difference and depression.
Children with diabetes and their families walk a tightrope to
keep blood glucose levels not too low and not too high. To do
this, they must inject insulin four or more times daily or use an
insulin pump; monitor blood glucose with finger sticks six to ten
times a day and throughout the night; treat severe headaches
and nausea; and seek emergency help for life-threatening
complications from diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association’s Camps are offered each
summer to nearly 6,000 youth with diabetes across the United
States. Camps are designed to facilitate a traditional summer
experience in a medically safe environment, providing
opportunities for children with diabetes to forge life-long
sustainable relationships, overcome feelings of isolation and
Through the American Diabetes Association’s year-round efforts
to fundraise and secure financial support from individuals,
clubs, organizations, corporations and foundations, each
camper's fee is subsidized by at least 50 percent. The average
cost to send a child to camp is approximately $1,800/child.
Camp AZDA subsidizes all campers by lowering the total cost for
the week to $700.
Managing camps across the country requires a significant investment. In addition to all the trappings of a traditional summer camp—food, fun and adventure—we also provide skilled
medical staff 24/7, insulin, test strips, glucose tabs, syringes, monitoring supplies and more. The support of our partners helps to fill the funding gap, provide financial aid to families in need,
and help children build the relationships, skills and confidence
they need to thrive with diabetes.
Your generous donation can help fund the American Diabetes Association's Camp AZDA.
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