CHILDREN GET HANDS-ON WITH FUN, FACTS AT DIABETES CAMP

Diabetes

A special camp for children with diabetes next week offers campers a better understanding and the know-how for dealing with the disease.

Camp Seale Harris Tuscaloosa offers swimming, rock climbing, sports, arts, crafts and more, but it also teaches campers how to manage their treatments, medicine and blood sugar.

Camp staffers are trained volunteers like physicians, nurses and pharmacists, and many of them have diabetes themselves, said camp volunteer Melanie Merry.

“At camp all the other kids have (diabetes), so they’re checking their blood sugar, they’re having to take a shot or take insulin with their pump,” she said. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, let me cower in the corner as I take my insulin,’ it’s ‘Everybody’s doing it. It’s not a big deal.”

Camp begins July 11 and runs through July 15 from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. each day. Find registration information and more online here.

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