Grants for Diabetic camp for kids

By shawnalowe Latest Reply 2011-11-15 13:02:13 -0600
Started 2010-06-02 11:21:28 -0500

Does anyone know how I can get help paying for a diabetic camp for my son? he wants to go but i just can't afford it and know he could learn a lot from it.

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2011-11-15 13:02:13 -0600 Report

Hey shawnalowe~~ I know that you don't know me, but I think that I can help you. There's a camp called "The Painted Turtle" It's a non-profit camp for children who have serious illnesses. The camp was started by the late actor Paul Newman, who started the camp "The Hole in the Wall Gang" camp.(in Connecticut) Now not knowing which side of the nation you reside upon, "The Hole in the Wall Gang" is based on the East Coast. But for more information not only about the camps, but about the different camp weeks, you can email either (if you reside on the west coast) The Painted Turtle.Org or if you reside on the east coast, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.Org. for more information. The camp is absolutely free for all campers. It is all funded by Paul Newman's line of foods. I'm sure you've seen them on your grocer's shelves. Each camp, has doctors on site, if the camper needs them, and all in all, it's a place where kids can be with other kids who have the same illness. Where kids can be kids, and for a week, they can "forget" about being sick. Just thought that you would like this info for next summer. (Sorry. I just now got this. I hope that maybe it will help you & your son for next year.)

shawnalowe 2010-06-10 20:50:28 -0500 Report

I have sent all the registering papers and financial apps to ADA and they are going to fund his camp.

GabbyPA 2010-06-11 08:03:32 -0500 Report

That is great! What a great time he will have. I used to go to camp all the time as a kid. I was not diabetic, but I loved going. I am sure now that the fear of being "different" will be gone, he will have a blast.

kdroberts 2010-06-11 08:15:45 -0500 Report

That's awesome. The resources are there, especially for children. It's just a shame you have to look so hard to find them, I'm sure many go without because they don't know about programs available to them.

If you want to see what goes on at these camps and how the kids feel about them, here's a link to a video about one close to me. Local NPR did a week of shows on diabetes and there was a short web special about a local camp.

kdroberts 2010-06-02 11:35:20 -0500 Report

For starters, ask the camp, they may have programs for reduced or free placements. The ADA and JDRF also help pay for camps for some people and local, independent associations often do as well. You should be able to find them via their websites and united way.

shawnalowe 2010-06-02 11:45:20 -0500 Report

Great I will check it out. i just opened up the ADA website also so looking. Calling this lady now for more info. Okay she said there is still funds available and she is sending me info and registration paperwork. He will be going to the one in Cincinnati Ohio. Aug 1st thru 7th. Yeah !!!

GabbyPA 2010-06-02 19:05:36 -0500 Report

You can also contact your local hospital and ask if they know of any camps that offer assistance. I found the hospital to be a great source of information once you find the right person.