"Where do I begin to thank you for all of the time, love and care? I can't tell you what a huge impact you've all had on me. From the first day at Camp Juliet when I was seven until the last day of camp at age 16, you've all cared for and loved me... I still remember camp when we were at the Boy Scout Camp...the Army tents, the BUGS and well - fun - lots of it! Every year has been just as good as the first. I've learned so much - from life lessons to friendships to diabetes care. You can count on me as a counselor in training (CIT) soon!"
These words penned by Caroline Yarborough of Edgefield, S.C., sum up what Camp Juliet has meant to children with diabetes for the past 17 years. Like many campers, Caroline did not know other kids with diabetes until she came to Camp Juliet where children ages 7-16 enjoy a normal summer camp experience thanks to support from University Health Care Foundation. This year's camp will be held June 20-23 at Camp Daniel Marshall.
Camp Juliet would not be possible without gifts made annually to the Foundation's Tree of Love campaign combined with generous contributions from pharmaceutical companies, local businesses and individual donors.
Equally important to the camp's success is the commitment of physicians, nurses and others in the community who volunteer their time as counselors. These volunteers work under the guidance of Ian Herskowitz, M.D., a medical endocrinologist who practices at University Hospital and serves as the camp's medical director.
Camp Juliet is recognized by the International Camping Association.
Contact Camp Director Debra Whitley, R.N., CDE, at 706/868-3237 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.