Children facing diabetes find comfort at camp for diabetic kids

Published: Nov. 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Benny knows how tough it is to live with Type 1 diabetes.

He was diagnosed at 23 months.

"Type 1 means your pancreas is broken and your body can't give insulin at all," said Benny who is living with Type 1 diabetes.

The seven year old manages his diabetes with about eight insulin injections a day.

"As you can see I have a pump which gives me insulin like a mechanical pancreas," said Benny.

Carefully planning Benny's diet and day is tough, especially at such a young age.

"It's unpredictable," said his mother Stacey Simms.

"You can eat the same thing, have the same level of activity do the same thing that you do day in and day out and get different numbers all day long."

When Simms heard about a special camp for children with diabetes, she didn't hesitate to send Benny.

"Everybody is doing the same thing so everybody is learning and nobody feels different," said Simms.

"They're all on the same boat."

At Camp Carolina Trails children have a chance to learn to manage the lifelong condition themselves.

"Attending a camp for a kid with diabetes, making friends who have diabetes, and learning from adults and camp counselors who are living well with diabetes can be life changing for kids," said Lauren Russell a manager American Diabetes Association.

It's all about a positive mental attitude.

"Seeing other people's success and taking care of their diabetes can really change their health outcome," said Russell.

And of course that's on top of the fun of usual camp activities.

It cost $700.00 to spend a week at camp Carolina Trails.

There are ways to donate and help offset the cost for children from the area who can't afford to attend.

One of the events is taking place this weekend.

The Step Out annual fundraiser and awareness walk for diabetes.

Saturday, November 3 at Symphony Park.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk 10 a.m.

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