As mentioned in many of my posts so far, one of my goals as an insulin-dependent diabetic thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring is to raise both awareness and money for diabetes. Our focus will be in two areas: diabetes research and hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures for children with juvenile diabetes. With research come innovations that make camping and other active activities safer and more enjoyable for diabetics. With nonprofit camps that cater to the special needs of children with diabetes, more children can not only have the safe opportunity to enjoy such activities, but also grow up with the knowledge that insulin dependence need not be an obstacle to any adventures they wish to pursue in life.
I am pleased to announce that beginning on January 27, 2016, my first sponsor (and own family-run business), Uncle Joe’s Eclectic, Inc., will begin donating 10% of total gross sales from their primary eBay store featuring a variety of craft supplies to non-profit Camp Kno Koma in West Virginia. Camp Kno Koma was selected because of its close proximity to the Appalachian Trail in the Monongahela National Forest and principles well in line with my education and awareness efforts.
Camp Kno Koma costs $550 per camper, but they are able to reduce rates so that all may be included with the help of donations. Our ambitious goal is to raise enough money to cover the cost of one camper for the Summer 2016 season. For more information, I encourage you to check out the video and mission statement below, excerpted from the Camp Kno Koma web site, or visit them directly at campknokoma.com.
The mission of the Diabetes Camp of West Virginia, Inc. is to serve as a non-profit organization with the goal of providing Camp Kno-Koma, a summer camping experience for children with diabetes in and around the state of WV. Camp Kno-Koma believes that there are 3 basic principles to a great camp experience: Adventure, Education and Friendship. Camp Kno-Koma has remained steadfast in these principles for over 60 years.
The physicians, nurses, dieticians, and other medical support staff and counselors will let mom and dad rest easier and have peace of mind during their child’s camping adventure. These health professionals realize the need for close medical supervision and they make it their # 1 priority, so the camper can make having fun their # 1 priority.
For more information on this wonderful summer camp: Camp Kno-Koma