Camp helps children with diabetes
Through July 1, parents have the opportunity to register their children for "Camp Independence of San Antonio," a unique five-day camping experience for children with diabetes. The camp will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-28 at St. Mary's Hall School. The director is Dr. Mark Danney and the medical director is Dr. Daniel Hale, both of the UTHSC Department of Pediatrics.
Children with diabetes mellitus may find themselves excluded from summer camps because of their special health requirements. Overnight camps for these children exist, but the number of spaces for campers is limited. Camp Independence was established in 1987 to broaden the camping experience for these children.
Health professionals, educators and parents of children with diabetes provide staff supervision throughout the program. Activities include recreational swimming, physical education, arts and crafts, and diabetes education. Diabetic children age 4 and older and siblings age 7 and older are eligible to attend. The registration fee is $75.
Sponsors include the University Health System Foundation and Howl at the Moon.
For a camp application, call the director at 830-981-8297 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and registration fees must be received by July 1.