We had the most amazing time in September!
My dream when I started Berks T1D Connection was to host a local family camp for our local type 1 diabetics and their families and that dream was realized just last month and I have to tell you it was a magical weekend!
We hosted many families from our region and the program consisted of nationally renowned speakers to educate our families while our kids (T1Ds and their siblings) enjoyed awesome camp activities with the amazing camp staff (if you are ever looking for a great facility to host an event, we HIGHLY recommend the South Mountain YMCA)! We hosted a vendor expo where we filled the room with device and pharmaceutical company reps to share their latest and greatest with our families! We even had TrialNet on-site to enroll people in their study. We had great food - Moe's Southwest Grill of Wyomissing even catered our dinner! WELCOME TO MOE'S! And we had an amazing craft for the kids - a good friend who is fantastic at scrap booking volunteered to work with the kids to come in and create this awesome take-home camp photo-frame with a photo of the child from the camp! We also had a large round-table discussion which was just an amazing experience for everyone to discuss what was important to them and get feedback from other families. We had a camp fire where the camp staff facilitated sing-along songs and skits! What an amazing time!
We learned together, we had fun together, we ate together, we sang together, we walked together (a lot!), we even got rained on together! But no one even minded the rain because we were having such a great time!
We had families in attendance that were newly diagnosed and families that have been living with type 1 diabetes for many years. And it was just such an experience to spend the weekend with people "who get it."
When the thoughts started forming to begin this organization, this is exactly what we had in mind. Local families supporting each other. This organization facilitation education and information to our local type 1 diabetic community. Raising awareness.
We will most DEFINITELY host this camp again each year so keep your eyes open for registration information in 2015!
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