Welcome to The Only (virtual) Lemonade Stand Ever
Thank you for taking time to stop by this virtual Lemonade Stand to help raise funds for D-Camps, overnight camps found all across Canada run by Diabetes Canada for kids with diabetes. At D-Camps, children develop a sense of independence through active outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, archery, campfires and canoeing. Additionally, with the careful guidance of camp & medical staff children learn to independently self-manage their diabetes (including: checking blood sugar levels, carb counting at meal times and administering their proper insulin dosage). These are necessary and vital skills that will last these children a lifetime and provide them with the insight and knowledge they need to live a healthy life while dealing with the trials they will face while living with this disease.
I’m hosting this stand on behalf of my son, Colin, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic endocrine system disease with no cure, which affects roughly 1 in 300 children in Canada. This number continues to grow each and every year.
Colin proudly attended Camp Discovery, located in London, Ontario from the age of eight through the age of fifteen. At the age of sixteen, when he was no longer eligible to attend D-Camps as a camper, he asked to attend the leadership development program for D-Camps camp counsellors. My son had such a positively life changing experience at D-Camps that he wanted to take the next step and give back to the people and organization that had provided him with opportunity to be just like any other kid and share that experience with next generation of D-Campers. For the first time since his diagnosis, when Colin attended Camp Discovery he was no longer different than anyone else, and this changed not only Colin’s life, but also our family’s. When Colin first went off to camp it was the first time he had been away from my wife or myself since he had been diagnosed, save for school, which often times proved challenging for all us. With D-Camps, the underlying sense of worry that attached itself to our family went away. Completely. There was never any concern when he went to camp, as he was surrounded by a wonderfully kind and supportive group of people including councillors, nurses, even his endocrinologist, who donated a week of his vacation each Summer to D-Camps and the children who attended them. Most importantly, Colin was surrounded by children just like him, children who he could relate to and who understood the challenges associated with living with Type 1 diabetes and for this I will be forever grateful. With his diagnosis came a lot of uncertainty, frustration and even fear for Colin and our family. D-Camps changed all that and has instilled in him determination, courage and a sense of confidence that diabetes had robbed him of at the age of five.
You can help us reach our fundraising goal by buying a virtual glass of lemonade (making an online donation) by visiting our online fundraising page.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
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