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Camp Juliet Offers Summer Fun for Kids with Diabetes July 21, 2010

For more information, call Erica C. Cline at 706/828-2225.

48 Kids with Diabetes Find Summer Fun at Camp Juliet

AUGUSTA, GA (July 16, 2010) – Camp is a summertime staple. It’s a time of long days in the sun and warm nights around the campfire. But for children with diabetes, overnight camps are an experience that many miss out on all together since most camps won’t accept children with the condition.

That’s where Camp Juliet comes in.

Camp Juliet gave children ages 6-17 with Type 1 diabetes an authentic camping experience June 24-27 at Camp Daniel Marshall in Lincolnton, Ga. This year, 48 campers enjoyed everything from swimming and boating to treasure hunts and archery.

“It’s really packed full of activities,” said Debra Whitley, program coordinator for University’s Diabetes Services. “If you name it, we’ve got it.”

The camp, funded through University Health Care Foundation, offers children hands-on education about their condition in a fun-filled environment that gives them the chance to be just like every other child.

“Most of these children have never met someone else with Type 1 diabetes,” Ms. Whitley said. “Camp Juliet gives them a chance to not be different. Everyone is pricking their fingers, checking carbs and making new friends. Lifelong friends.”

Ms. Whitley said the camp also lets parents and caregivers know that their children are having fun while still being medically supervised in a safe environment.

About Camp Juliet: Camp Juliet offers children ages 6-17 with Type 1 diabetes an authentic away-camp experience. The campers enjoy swimming, boating and other outdoor activities while learning to control their diabetes through workshops with physicians and clinicians. The camp, in its 23rd year, is sponsored annually by University Health Care Foundation and staffed mostly by University employees and independent physicians who voluntarily give of their time.

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