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Camp Sugar Falls Helps Kids Learn More about Diabetes

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL---Summer camp always includes fun and play time but at this camp before kids can hit the field they have to get "checked."

"Camp Sugar Falls is a day camp for kids who have type one diabetes," said Camp Medical Director Claude Ashley.

13-year-old Makenzie Parker has been living with diabetes for 10 years now.
She says a camp like this just doesn't compare to a general summer camp.

"I enjoy the diabetic one's better because I'm not the only diabetic there and it's just a good opportunity to meet other people who have diabetes."

And 12-year-old Braeden Paramore agrees.
He found out he had diabetes about 2 months ago.

"It's different because you have a lot of diabetics and sometimes it's just one or none and you see everybody taking their shots and checking their sugar."

Braeden says being around other kids like him, helps him understand the disease.

"They've had it longer and they know what they're doing more than I do."

The kids say not only do they have fun at the camp playing games it's what they learn and who they're around that helps the most.

"I learn a lot when speakers come and talk to us and stuff," said Bailey McDaniel.

"A lot of the kids feel like they're alone so it's important for them to be around other kids who have the same disorder. We also have educational components during lunch everyday where they learn about their disease and how to take control," said Ashley.

The kids say the main message at camp is clear.

"To not let the diabetes control you and you can do any sports you want to and you control it," and remaining in control while still being a kid is what they plan to do.

Organizers say this year is their biggest turn out, with almost 50 children.


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