The 43 campers at University Hospital's Camp Juliet got a special treat during their weekend excursion this year. They were visited by Will Cross, the first person with diabetes to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Mr. Cross showed a compelling slide show of his adventures on the mountain, and challenged the kids, their parents and camp staff to work daily to overcome challenges of all kinds.
This year's camp, held July 6-9 at Camp Daniel Marshall in Lincolnton, Ga., hosted a record 43 campers from ages 6-17, all with diabetes. This year, more than 50 percent of the campers were dependent on insulin pumps, which would probably be a medical condition that would disqualify them for being able to attend most other camps. They spent their week learning about managing their diabetes, while also boating, swimming and taking part in the whole host of typical camping activities.
The camp is sponsored annually by University Health Care Foundation and staffed mostly by University employees and independent physicians who voluntarily give of their time.
Pictured seated in the center is celebrity mountain climber Will Cross, surrounded by Camp Juliet campers.