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For mothers like Stacy Zulick, being able to drop off their child at camp isn’t easy. It’s not just worries about home sickness and mosquito bites. Her son has diabetes and has been “turned away” from “normal camps” because of his condition, she said in a letter to Camp Angels, a nonprofit that provides kids with diabetes with scholarships for summer camp. The group has made it possible for eleven-year-old Noah attend an overnight camp for four years in a row.
“Sometimes he gets down on himself and feels unlucky because he has so many health issues,” she wrote. “However, when he goes to camp, I think he feels not only normal but that he is the luckiest child in the world.”
Those two weeks of camp every year are something that Noah and his parents look forward to. “The smile on his face when we drop him off each summer is the brightest that you can imagine,” she added.
"One of my most special moments is the sharing circle," wrote Noah in a thank you letter to Camp Angels. "A sharing circle is when all campers, staff and counselors form a circle around the fire pit and say their feelings about camp. Camp is my favorite place ever and I hope that I can come back."
To learn more about Camp Angels and their program to send kids with diabetes to camp, visit the Gifts That Give More page at The Diabetes Site.