June 23, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 25

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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  danney@pol.net. Applications and registration fees must be received by July 1.