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Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children pursues expansion with $25,000 from Anthem Foundation

The Anthem Foundation is teaming up with Camp Hendon, the Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, to bring a life-changing summer camp program for children with Type 1 diabetes to the eastern region of Kentucky. The Foundation’s contribution of $25,000 will support Camp Hendon’s growth and expansion from their current weeklong program at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield to an additional week of programming at Aldersgate Camp in Ravenna.

“Camp Hendon would cease to exist without the support of organizations like the Anthem Foundation. As a nonprofit, we rely entirely on donors and volunteers to keep our doors open and to provide kids with Type 1 diabetes the opportunity to learn how to manage their diabetes with more independence,” says Executive Director Megan Cooper.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic auto-immune disorder where the pancreas fails to produce insulin that is vital to processing sugar in the body. Improper management of Type 1 diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications. The “Diabetes Camp Matters” study by Dr. Jill Weissberg-Benchell at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago shows that attending three or more week-long diabetes camping programs can significantly improve outcomes for children battling the disease.

“What happens at Camp Hendon is more than just a fun week of summer camp,” explains Cooper. “We are connecting our campers with other kids going through the exact same struggle. At camp, they aren’t seen as ‘the diabetic’ because here they are just like everyone else. Not to mention the relief provided to parents for that one week out of the year.”

Anthem Foundation Program Manager Morgan Coleman says supporting Camp Hendon is a part of the Foundation’s Healthy Generations program. “The Anthem Foundation teams up with nonprofit organizations across the state of Kentucky that share our commitment to creating a healthier generation of Americans. Over the years, Camp Hendon has shown true dedication to their campers and families and the Foundation is proud to be a part of their growth.”

Camp Hendon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to give children with diabetes life-changing experiences, empowering them to take control of their journey. 2018 summer sessions will take place from July 1 – July 6 at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield and from July 15 – 20 at Aldersgate Camp in Ravenna. Children ages 8 to 17 with diabetes are welcome and financial aid is available. Visit us online for more information at www.CampHendon.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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