Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and reading a little bit about why Camp Kudzu means so much to me!
My hope is to raise enough money to send more children, living with type-1 diabetes, to camp so that they can have all the experiences I was blessed to have as a camper. Experiences that taught me confidence, independence, and what life-long friendship looks like.
My journey at Camp Kudzu began as a VERY homesick eight year-old. I was so nervous to leave my parents and go spend a whole week with a group of strangers. Who knew that 17 years later I would call these same strangers my Kudzu family. Throughout my years as a camper I learned what it felt like to go to summer camp and feel like a normal kid. It was the only place that finger pricks and insulin shots didn't mean I was weird- they meant I was normal. Each year I came home with not only memories of all the fun activities I participated in but also a better understanding of how to manage my diabetes. Camp was the only place I felt like learning about how to take care of myself was actually fun. Once I became too old to be a camper, I transitioned into the role of Counselor in Training (CIT). These years taught me responsibility, independence, and how to be a role model. Soon after I completed the CIT program, I became a counselor. Being a counselor is an AMAZING opportunity to impact children living with diabetes. You get to encourage them to try new things, develop friendships, and learn that they aren’t alone in the daily battle of managing this disease. After completing nursing school, I began serving on the medical team at camp as a clinician. I love this role because I have the opportunity to work directly with campers on how to live a healthy life. I get to help them better understand how to manage diabetes while still living a completely normal life filled with adventure and accomplishments. This is so important to me because I want each camper to know that diabetes does not limit ANYTHING they do! They have the potential to accomplish anything they set their minds to. Each role I have filled at Camp Kudzu has taught me to love the organization more and more. It really is hard to put into words how much of a positive impact camp has had on my life. Camp Kudzu truly is a life-changing place!