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Circle of Life receives $25,000 grant
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The Loundinville-based Circle of Life Camp, which offers fundamental, age-appropriate education and social support to children and adolescents with diabetes, has announced that it received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide financial aid support for its campers.

At the Circle of Life Camp, all campers and a majority of staff have diabetes. Also at the camp, everyone administers insulin, monitors their blood glucose, and learns to make healthy meal choices together. Campers learn to inject themselves for the first time, rotate their injection and infusion sites, and carbohydrate count. The camp also focuses on exercise and offers emotional support from camp psychologists.

Diagnosing diabetes in children and adolescents is becoming more prevalent. One in every 400 children under 20 years of age has type 1 diabetes. Research also shows an increased frequency of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease traditionally only diagnosed in adults.  

“Education combined with psychological and social support is essential for children and adolescents to properly manage their diabetes and cope with their disease, said Dr. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty,” Founder and Executive Director of the Circle of Life Camp in a written statement. “We are grateful for Walmart’s support, which has helped us to provide children with diabetes the tools to live happy and healthy lives.”

The Circle of Life Camp, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3), is headquartered in Loudonville, but holds camp programs and events throughout the State. Their next event is a fashion show at Glen Sanders Mansion on March 20. Jessica Layton from News Channel 13 is hosting and Melissa Doney from Hell’s Kitchen is modeling. More information about the Circle of Life Camp, Inc. can be found at http://www.circleoflifecamp.org/index.html.

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