Happy Spring Break!! We are celebrating reaching over 50% of our goal to send FIVE youth to Camp Blue Hawk this summer!! Woo hoo!!!
You might be wondering why camp is important?
- 1 in 400 school-aged youth have type 1 diabetes. This means that in our smaller Oklahoma communities, a child might not know anyone close to their age who has diabetes. According to one of our campers, meeting other kids with type 1 diabetes at camp helps them forget about "the diabetes" for once.
- Physical activity can reduce blood sugar levels hours after the activity has stopped, causing confusion, heart palpitations, shakiness, anxiety, blurred vision, slurred speech, seizure, and coma, among others. Expert medical care is required to help youth have a medically-safe, fun experience.
- Until there is a cure, type 1 diabetes is a lifelong illness. Camp helps provide youth with the skills, education, and confidence needed to effectively manage this disease.
- Caregivers are managing blood sugars 24/7. With blood sugar checks and treatment occurring 4-6 times per DAY, parental/caregiver oversight can be exhausting. At Camp Blue Hawk, youth are with the doctors that they see regularly, and whom they would see if they visited the hospital. So parents can breathe deeply and take a break, knowing that their child is safe at camp.
THANK YOU for making a difference in the life of a child with diabetes.We couldn't do it without you.