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    Kids learn about diabetes at camp while having fun

    5:27 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Whether playing a game of 'Don't Drop the Block' or canoeing down the lake, campers at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock know how to have fun.

    "This is my fourth year returning to Camp Aldersgate," Camper Kyia Cobb said, but at this particular camp, campers are learning a little bit more. "It's a great camp for those kids faced with type 1 diabetes."

    "One of the missions of the American Diabetes Association is to improve the lives of those affected with diabetes," said Becki Swindell with the American Diabetes Association.

    For one week, 56 kids from across the state will learn about the latest diabetes information and how to control and better check their insulin levels in addition to meeting other kids who face the same challenges they do.

    "Some of these children are from rural areas and may be the only child in their school with diabetes," continued Swindell.

    For some campers, this program means learning things about type 1 diabetes that they may not otherwise get in a doctor's office.

    "I have a lot of fun with all the friends we meet. I meet different people almost every year," Cobb added.

    The camp is for kids with Type 1 diabetes, and according to Swindell it fills up very fast. They begin taking applications for the camp in early February. For information on the camp, call (501) 221-7444.

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