In the summer of 2001, I attended Camp Kudzu for the first time. I was eight, and camp quickly became the highlight of my summer. I valued the friends I made and the camaraderie of being with individuals who understood the unique responsibilities of having a chronic disease. During my first week at camp, I gave my first insulin injection by myself. For children living with diabetes, giving insulin is a big step toward learning to live independently. On the way home from camp, I made my parents pull over so that I could show them my new skill. Although I know now that my experiences at camp gave me the skills and the confidence to be independent, at the time I did not realize that camp also served to educate. In between horseback riding and lake activities, we had sessions on healthy eating and the latest insulin therapies. As a staff member, I know that for many campers, this week is the only chance they have during the year to learn the skills necessary to improve their health and live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes.
I am honored to serve as a Camp Kudzu Ambassador. Camp gave me the tools to live independently with diabetes and the confidence to know that with a bit of preparation, I can do anything. I am constantly inspired by the work of Camp Kudzu and want to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Camp Kudzu Ambassadors. Please help me support our campers by giving whatever you can using the "Donate" button. Thank you in advance for your generosity!