Special Camp for Diabetic Children to Learn and Understand How to Manage the Disease

Campers (6 to 15 years old who have diabetes or are at risk of developing the disease) have spent the week hiking at Camp Tyler, fishing, swimming at Tyler Junior College, practicing archery, making bird feeders, riding horses and learning how to manage their diabetes.

You get to come here and be with kids like you and see how they deal with their diabetes. It just makes you feel very comfortable knowing there are other kids like you.

This year, fewer than half of the 42 campers had Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Most of the children were hand-picked from health fairs and schools because they were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, said Marie Taylor, R.N., camp director.

Alissa Vandergriff, 8, said she likes diabetes camp because it’s fun and she learns a lot. This year, she said she’s learned to limit her sugar intake and she wants other children to know that diabetes doesn’t make her feel bad.

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