To the editor:
In February 2011, our daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.
I never dreamed I would know what “basal” and “bolus” meant, but we quickly learned about correction factors, counting carbs, how to figure insulin dosages, how to give insulin injections with both syringes and pens, insulin pumps and changing “sites,” checking blood sugar, etc. We also had to meet with school personnel and plan for Rachel to test her blood sugar before meals and two hours after taking insulin, figure out an emergency plan, etc. I never realized how much work goes into managing diabetes, but now I have an admiration for those who deal with it.
Last year Rachel learned about a diabetes camp--she was really excited about it so we checked into it. It is my understanding that Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, Inc. (Camp Hendon) in Louisville, Ky. partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky. for last year’s camp. The Center for Courageous Kids has a beautiful facility and offers many activities for kids--fishing, canoeing, archery, bowling, swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and many other games in a medically supervised environment. Rachel absolutely loved camp and met many wonderful people.
Camp Hendon took care of all of the expenses for camp, but they do rely on donations and volunteers. Recently we received a letter from Camp Hendon asking for support (Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, 1613 Forest Hill Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40205, 502-817-6286). I’m writing to ask for our community’s support. Please support this organization that is doing so much for kids with diabetes. Any donation, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. The Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, Inc. (dba Camp Hendon) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID 27-3619275) which means your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and may God bless you.
Charlie and Lisa Duckworth