Thank you for taking the time to stop by my fundraising page and learn a little bit more about why Camp Kudzu means so much to me!
My journey with Camp Kudzu began in 2005. My endocrinologist, Dr. Bruce Bode, suggested that I go to camp during a routine visit that summer. Being the stubborn teenager that I was, I refused to go, as I did not want to let diabetes get in the way of my social life, cheerleading, and school activities. I threw a fit, but ended up finding my way to camp at the end of the summer. Within the first few hours, my life was changed. I made friends who truly understood what it meant to be a teenager living with type 1 diabetes. I was able to participate in traditional camp activities without feeling like tending to my diabetes was holding me back or preventing me from keeping up. The knowledge about diabetes that I thought I had known prior to camp, only grew immensely as I was immersed in a community of some of the most knowledgeable people in the diabetes world right in the Camp Kudzu community. I never felt that diabetes knowledge was shoved down my throat, which as a teenager, was one of my biggest reservations about camp. Rather, I came home from camp inquisitive and interested about learning about other ways I could manage my diabetes.
These brief examples are just some of the many ways that the mission of Camp Kudzu is not just words put together, but truly educates, empowers, and inspires children living with diabetes. Through various stories that I will post over the next few weeks, I hope you can begin to catch a glimpse of the true magic of Camp Kudzu. The impact that this organization has made on kids, young adults, and families of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes is indescribable. Camp Kudzu, over the past 12 years, has turned an awkward and annoyed teenager living with type 1 diabetes into a determined, inspired, and driven young adult who thrives everyday with type 1 diabetes, while passionate about giving back to the diabetes community. I long for the week each year that I am able to return to the place that truly taught me how to live life to the fullest, without letting diabetes hold me back; to be able to give back to the diabetes community by working with inspirational kids and teens, well that feeling is unrivaled. It's one thing to read about it, but to feel it, that's something else.
Please let me know if you would like to learn more about the ways that you can support Camp Kudzu and the many families that we serve.
I like camp, you like camp, we like camp, hey hey hey hey! CAMP!