To the Editor:
We want to thank you for your support of the Diabetes Summer Camp Program at Camp Lakota in Steven’s Point.
It was an amazing opportunity for our son! It also gave my husband and I some much-needed time together as a couple. Since Keaton’s diagnosis three years ago we had not been out on a date together. It is quite difficult to find someone to care for a child who is a diabetic.
Keaton had the opportunity to play with other kids independently of his parents. He spent time with kids who could share with him their own experiences with diabetes. He made new friends and even learned to give his own shots! He also came back from camp much more independent and interested in taking care of himself by eating healthier and exercising.
It was so wonderful to see him gain independence, confidence and that carefree feeling that most kids have naturally in their daily lives. For a week he got to be a normal kid. He looks forward with great anticipation to next summer’s adventures at camp, in particular the mud pit and the friendships gained through such an experience.
As parents we were apprehensive about leaving our son in the care of people we had only met briefly. The staff at Camp Lakota put our minds at ease through conversation and encouraging words. Penny was instrumental in making us feel comfortable with the situation. We also learned about the wonderful Dr. Dave takes two weeks of his vacation every year to volunteer to make this camp happen. Our special thanks to Dr. Dave for his dedication to all of these kids and to all of the staff who make time in their busy schedules to provide this opportunity for kids from all over the state.
We can’t thank you enough for your thoughtful gift of freedom, growth and the opportunity to have a fun time for a week.
Jan, Joe and Keaton