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Camp WannaCure

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Camp for children with diabetes sponsored by the VCU Medical Center\'s Pediatric Endocrinology Department

Camp for children with diabetes sponsored by the VCU Medical Center\'s Pediatric Endocrinology Department

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  • 1. Camp Wanna Cure July, 2007 of Richmond, Virginia
  • 2.
    • For one week in July of 2007, 15 children were able to participate in a special camp. They all had one thing in common; they have Type I or Type II Diabetes. Due to their medical care, these children were unable to participate in a camp experience in the past. During the camp each child was able to learn to manage his or her diabetes, as well as learn to be independent. The children were able to succeed in their goals for camp by meeting the challenges of diabetes while having fun.
  • 3. Objectives
    • Camp Wannacure provided a summer camp experience in a medically supported environment for children with diabetes who were rising 1 st through 5 th graders .
    • The camp provided opportunities for children with diabetes to meet and interact with each other.
    • Instruction in age appropriate diabetes education took place in a day camp environment.
    • Each camper gained confidence and independence in their ability to manage their diabetes.
  • 4. Staffing
    • Medical Director : Gary Francis, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist
    • Camp Coordinator: Mary Henck, RD, MS,CDE
    • On site diabetes care management was provided by nurses and certified Diabetes Educator.
    • Day to day operation was led by 2 Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.
    • Camp counselors, who have diabetes were used as a buddy to the campers.
    • Parents were also used as volunteers on a daily basis.
  • 5. Financial Support
    • The camp is a non profit organization.
    • It was sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System–Department of Pediatric Endocrinology.
    • Donations from other organizations and medical corporations also contributed to the camp ongoing operation.
  • 6. Location
    • Weinstein Jewish Community Center
    • Richmond, Virginia.
  • 7. The week ‘s activities included
    • Diabetes Education Program
    • Physical Education
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Swimming
    • Valentine Museum
    • Journal Activities
    • Dog Therapy
    • Science Museum
    • Mad Scientists
    • Outdoor Activities
  • 8. Parent’s Response
    • A chance to make new friends who have the same medical issues.
    • Participating in different activities without fear.
    • Interacting with peers.
  • 9. Expressions by the Children. Samatha: “ I have diabetes and I don’t like it.” Max: “I am special because I am me”. Max: “I don’t like to get high numbers on my meter”. Max: “I don’t want to die”. Farris: “I am special because I have diabetes”. Farris: “I am special because I can take shots and prick my finger”. Matthew: “I don’t like shots” Kourtney: “I am special because I have diabetes.” Kendall: “I am Kendall. My life is good”. Ciarra: “ I a cute.” Taylor: “ I am diabetic and I don’t like it”. Taylor: “I am smart and silly”. Logan: “I am diabetic. I love myself”. Ned: “I have diabetic. I am crazy and fun”. Madison:” I am silly and fun. “
  • 10. Summary
    • The program provided the children with an experience that they will remember for years. Each child was able to make long time friends who he/she will keep forever. For some of the children, learning to mange their diabetes as well as being independent were big tasks that they had accomplished. The children learn to have fun in a safe and caring environment while learning how to manage their diabetes.

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