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DTC It Through! Support the November 2017 Challenge.

DTC IT THROUGH Challenge & Fundraiser!

November 2017

Support the DTC Challenge!

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 1, is the start of Diabetes Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Diabetes Training Camp alumni and staff are going to push themselves outside of their comfort zone with a personal exercise challenge to raise funds for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation. Dollars raised will go to Camp scholarships and programming with the goal of getting more people to Diabetes Training Camp to live their best life!

Support this challenge and help make a life-changing experience for someone living with Diabetes.

A note to our Fundraisers

So that your sponsors – and you! – get credit for raising money, please ask your sponsors to write your name in the memo section of their checks, or add a note during their paypal transaction. We’ll give appropriate credit where credit is due. Lastly, don’t forget to ask your employer if there is an employee match program. Many companies will match gifts up to $500!

How to Donate

Use the form below

  1. Choose a dollar amount or type in a custom dollar amount
  2. Tell us who you are sponsoring or dedicating this donation to! You can then choose to send that person an eCard notification, or not, letting them know what you did on their behalf.
  3. Choose a payment method:
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    • CHECK or CASH: click “Offline Donation” to donate by check or cash and to get mailing instructions.
  4. Type into all mandatory fields (marked with a *)
  5. Click DONATE NOW

Diabetes Training Camp Foundation (EIN: 47-2857170) is an Illinois not for profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous donation.

 

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Look who’s taking up the challenge!

Matt Corcoran

Matt Corcoran

DTC Founder

DOLLARS raised by Dr. Matt's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO Dr. MATT!!!

click to read Dr. Matt's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $5000

CHALLENGE: logging 120 miles for the month of November and getting back into marathon shape

“My motivation for starting Diabetes Training Camp in June of 2006 was to be different – to create an environment of experiential learning centered on fitness and sport. Following that first camp, I sat among a group of campers who were asking if I planned to do another camp the following year. I paused for a few seconds, when one member of the newly formed DTC alumni base looked me squarely in the eyes and seemingly implored, ‘you can’t stop this now.’ In the moment I understood that we had delivered something different, something that people were really looking for, and that we just might be changing lives. We had succeeded in creating a very unique environment for learning, but had also created a special community of extraordinary people.

It was also during that first camp, during a very brief moment of quiet, that I first experienced the unique and overwhelming awareness that I was doing what I was meant to do. I understand that that is a gift, and I am very grateful for it. Now each time that we deliver a camp, each time that I am surrounded by a group of extraordinary campers that embody toughness and perseverance, and each time that I am immersed in another life changing week, I am fortunate to feel it again- I am so fortunate to be doing what I am meant to do.
This November, Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is celebrating Diabetes Awareness by challenging our own community to set a fitness and/or training goal for the month and, in doing so, seek donations and support to raise money for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation’s scholarship fund and program development – so that we can continue to be different, and continue to change lives. I have decided to take this opportunity to start a base training program for my running in an effort to get back into marathon shape, and have committed myself to logging 120 miles for the month of November. I have also committed myself to raising 5000 dollars toward our Foundation goal of 75,000 dollars. In the moment, both goals feel a little daunting to be honest, but when my mind goes there I am immediately reminded of the toughness and perseverance of each member of our community that has diabetes- the warriors that never get a minute off from that chronic disorder.

My success in continuing to grow something different, and therefore the success of DTC and our Foundation, depends upon the help of those that surround me- including my family and friends, my own community. It has taken me some time to understand that, and probably longer to ask for the help. As our Foundation launches its first major fundraising campaign, please consider supporting my cause and our mission to empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive by sponsoring me and my effort this November- each and every contribution will help support getting more and more people to DTC.

And, please consider joining in on the fun and take a moment to set a goal for yourself. World Diabetes Day is Tuesday, November 14th. Perhaps you can set a fitness and/or training goal for yourself that day, that week, or for the month of November and set up your own fundraising page to help us reach our goal?

Thank you for all of your love and support, and for helping DTC change more lives.”

Donate to Dr. Matt’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Dr. Matt’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1595096403909966/1595961350490138/

Sharon Clark Levin

Sharon Clark Levin

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Sharon's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO SHARON!!!

read Sharon's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $880

CHALLENGE: 88 minutes exercise/day

“This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. Diabetes is hard to live with every day. DTC provides information, support, understanding and hope every single day (well beyond a week long camp.) Diabetics talk about hope for a cure – DTC provides help and hope every day until there is a cure! I’ve lived with Type 1 diabetes for 38 years and I turn 50 this year- that’s where the 88 comes from! In addition, my husband (who is my biggest supporter and advocate) met in 1988. AND my parents are both 88 this year (they too are my biggest cheerleaders.) SO, 88 minutes a day made great numerical sense to me!”

Donate to Sharon’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Sharon’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/749905085205407/

Julie Jaworski

Julie Jaworski

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Julie's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO JULIE!!!

read Julie's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

CHALLENGE: 5 miles of exercise/day to hit at least 150 miles by the end of November.  Walk. Bike. Swim. I am only a few weeks out of back surgery, but I believe I can do it!

As you know, diabetes is a 24/7 disease which often times can be extremely scary. For almost 27 years of Type 1 Diabetes, I’ve listened to the hopeful, “The cure will come!” Well, that just might happen, but until it does I’m going to continue living my life to the fullest, embracing all that diabetes can throw my direction, as I have been taught to do through Diabetes Training Camp. DTC provides encouragement, a community like NO other, and knowledge in how to BEST deal with this disease. Everyone living with this disease should have this opportunity. You will help change the life of someone with diabetes FOREVER! Help me INSPIRE them.

Donate to Julie’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Julie’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/481384345567885/

Jody Cook Corcoran

Jody Cook Corcoran

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Jody's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO JODY!!!

read Jody's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2,500

CHALLENGE for Week 1: to run 26.2 miles (or a marathon distance)

“Many of you know that Matt and I run a multi-sport and fitness camp for adults and teens living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The overwhelming message that our camp provides is that people with diabetes can LIVE THE LIFE THEY WANT TO LIVE and that their auto-immune disease does not need to hold them back from achieving their athletic goals! A common phrase our campers use when describing camp is “life-changing.” Please consider donating to our Foundation. You will become part of something huge that is doing AHMAZING things for people living with diabetes.”

Donate to Jody’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Jody’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/126871094697657/

Maryanne Garcia Wilk

Maryanne Garcia Wilk

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Maryanne's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO MARE!!!

read Maryanne's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $500

CHALLENGE: 30+ minutes exercise EVERYDAY in November 

“This disease takes a toll on our bodies and we feel it. No matter how well in control we are. The anger that seeps through from the rollercoaster ride of blood sugars and emotions. The tired feeling from doing this for so long and trying to stay strong. With no days off and no vacation. I can still try to live a long fulfilling life if I take care of myself to my best abilities. I am so grateful for the DTC team who teaches you how to take control of your diabetes by providing a practical and inspirational approach to diabetes management.”

Donate to Maryanne’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Maryanne’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1488379844542638/

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Sandra's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO SANDRA!!!

read Sandra's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

CHALLENGE: marathon/week

“In 2014 I discovered Diabetes Training Camp (DTC) and it changed my life. After 34 years living with Type 1 Diabetes, dependent on insulin just to be alive, I FINALLY found answers to SO many questions I’d be asking and banging my head against the wall about for… well… 34 years! I finally found other people like me. I finally felt understood. I finally found inspiration and I came home empowered almost beyond belief. Everyone who comes to this camp says it is life-changing. DTC is a week-long camp specifically for adults with Diabetes, mostly Type 1, and as far as I can tell, it’s the only one in the world. I challenge myself to doing a marathon/week in some way, shape or form, and I challenge YOU to help me raise $250/week for this camp. If 10 people donate $25/week, we can do this! You will be doing something GREAT and you will help make a positive shift in someone’s life. And you will make me cry with gratitude and my heart swell 3x larger… which could be handy for running marathons. <3 ”

Donate to Sandra’s Campaign using the form above

JJ Linder

JJ Linder

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by JJ's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO JJ!!!

read JJ's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2009

“2009 dollars for 2009, my first year at camp. Help me help others. I volunteer as medical support staff for this wonderful endeavor. One of a kind experience for those like me with diabetes, check it out, send someone, donate, I assure you it is for a good cause. Almost 10 years running for me, no intent to stop, only get better.”

Donate to JJ’s Campaign using the form above, or check out JJ’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1416434221805692/1968865590050904/

Hilary Nix Mayo

Hilary Nix Mayo

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Hilary's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO HILARY!!!

read Hilary's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1250

“I’m raising money for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation. Every little bit helps. This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. Thanks!”

Donate to Hilary’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Hilary’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/142024036423486/ 

Julianne Thornton

Julianne Thornton

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Julianne's Campaign so far. WAY TO GO JULIANNE!!!

read Julianne's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $625

“Atttending DTC the last two summers has been LITERALLY LIFE-CHANGING to my outlook of living with Diabetes, has given me huge physical goals I never would have imagined attempting, and has given me a family to lean on when I’m really struggling. The DTC Foundation mission means a lot to me by providing scholarships to camp for those who can’t quite afford it (my first camp last year was on a half scholarship!), and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate my 25th birthday with me. ”

Donate to Julianne’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Julianne’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/125294691491383/1967528756851254/

Conor Smith

Conor Smith

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Conor's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO CONOR!!!

read Conor's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2500

CHALLENGE: to step out of my comfort zone I will be doing the Philly Half Marathon in November, a half Ironman in June and a full Ironman in Maryland in 2018

“About three years ago I went to Lancaster, PA for a week long immersion at Diabetes Training Camp. It was truly a life changing experience for me in so many ways. Exercising with diabetes, especially Type 1 diabetes, can be very scary. Some exercise can send your blood sugar crashing quickly to dangerously low levels. On the other hand, there are some forms of exercise that can make your blood sugar sky rocket and leave you feeling horrible and doing damage to your body. Even though exercise is the best medicine a person with diabetes can take, it can be very overwhelming so many people just don’t do it. Enter DTC. DTC is a week long immersion that combines both classroom and experiential learning with a HUGE dose of camaraderie and fun. The challenge is that to put on such a first class camp costs money and it can be too expensive for some people who desperately need it. 

Donate to Conor’s Campaign using the form above or check out Conor’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1862367190742887/ 

Meg Waldron

Meg Waldron

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Meg's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO MEG!!!

read Meg's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2000

CHALLENGE: yoga every morning and swimming three times a week this November

“In July I was honored to be a mental skills coach on the staff of Diabetes Training Camp (DTC). People with lifelong diabetes (Type 1 or T1D) are challenged every moment of every day to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. These fitness camps for teens and adults are the only immersive exercise, nutrition, and mental health programs in the country for T1Ds run by an amazing and giving specialist in the medical field. DTC is changing lives!!!! This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. Every little bit helps. Thanks!”

Donate to Meg’s Campaign using the form above or check out Meg’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/233818797153486/

Kathy Springman

Kathy Springman

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Kathy's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO KATHY!!!

read Kathy's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $500

CHALLENGE: walk 3 miles every day above my normal day and get in any bike riding that I can for the month of November

“This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. This foundation helps to provide scholarships for adults and teens that live with diabetes every day. I learned more at this camp in August, 2017 than I had in my 32 years living with diabetes. Please consider giving to this foundation. No gift is too small. Dr Matt and his “crew” work tirelessly to put this together and “every little bit helps” and it is tax deductible!”

Donate to Kathy’s Campaign using the form above or check out Kathy’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/182220012344352/

Dawn Hein

Dawn Hein

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Dawn's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO DAWN!!!

read Dawn's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $601

“Outside of the daily support of my family, my Diabetes Training Camp tribe are the people who help me get through the challenges of living with diabetes. While I’ve always been healthy and active, and living on insulin hasn’t ever stopped me, sometimes it is frustrating and difficult to keep the balance of good blood glucose levels. The skills I learned at Diabetes Training Camp led me to feel better while exercising and riding motorcycles and led me to higher levels of achievement and confidence. I want to help others have access to that experience.”

Donate to Dawn’s Campaign using the form above or check out Dawn’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/173248603227799/

Diana McCarthy Elliott

Diana McCarthy Elliott

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Diana's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO DIANA!!!

read Diana's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

CHALLENGE: committing to do DAILY Pedestal and Myrtl strength routine 

“The community that has made the most impact in my life is the Diabetes Training Camp community. A little over a year ago, I attended a week-long camp in PA that changed my life. A small group of us with Type 1 Diabetes learned how to manage insulin dosing, nutrition, exercise (so many types!), overcome mental obstacles, and had a chance to set down the daily grind of T1D with a community that “gets it”. I love all my fellow campers and the staff, and I know I’m a completely different person because of just one week.”

Donate to Diana’s Campaign using the form above or check out Diana’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/744139672453976/

Doug Schultz

Doug Schultz

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Doug's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO DOUG!!!

read Doug's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

Donate to Doug’s Campaign using the form above

Kelley Schuler

Kelley Schuler

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Kelley's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO Kelley!!!

read Kelley's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

Donate to Kelley’s Campaign using the form above 

Tessa Connelly

Tessa Connelly

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Tessa's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO TESSA!!!

read Tessa's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

Donate to Tessa’s Campaign using the form above 

Danny Winterich

Danny Winterich

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Danny's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO DANNY!!!

Kristi Paguio

Kristi Paguio

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Kristi's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO KRISTI!!!

Laura O'Donnell Heilman

Laura O'Donnell Heilman

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Laura's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO LAURA!!!

Patric Ciervo

Patric Ciervo

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Patric's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO PATRIC!!!

Georgi Goldman

Georgi Goldman

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Georgi's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO GEORGI!!!

read Georgi's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

CHALLENGE: to get back in the pool & swim twice a week for the month of November!

“In 2012, after 22 years of living with Type 1 Diabetes, I finally got some answers. That year, I went to Diabetes Training Camp (DTC). It was so life changing for me, that I went again the next summer. And the next. My experience was not unique. Everyone I know who has attended DTC feels the same way. And that’s why I’m asking if you would donate to help continue to provide people this enriching experience. Many of you know that I raise money for JDRF, which funds research for a T1D cure. But until there’s a cure, DTC invigorates and arms people living with T1D with tools and a community to thrive daily. Living with T1D can be a lonely and desperate place. At camp, I was inspired to push myself; I made deep connections with friends who still form the core of my T1D support system; and I discovered I was capable of things I thought were hopeless. I still keep a memento on my fridge from that first camp, so I can be reminded of what I learned there. Please join me in making this gift available to more people! For this DTC It Through Challenge, I’m promising to get back in the pool and swim twice a week for the month of November!”

Donate to Georgi’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Georgi’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/310467552765896/

Charlie Catalano

Charlie Catalano

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Charlie's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO CHARLIE!!!

read Charlie's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

CHALLENGE: I’m offering both a commitment and a challenge–I’m willing to help the person who contributes the most money to the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation this month (whether through single or multiple donations) tackle an endurance event of their choosing (provided it doesn’t involve heights) next year

“While this disease has greatly impacted my family (i.e., mother, sister, uncle), friends and me, Diabetes Training Camp and its Foundation have positively changed my life. In honor of my mother, who would have been 70 on November 14, and the many people “thriving,” not just “surviving,” with Type 1 diabetes, please consider making a modest contribution to the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation. I had the wonderful privilege of attending Diabetes Training Camp in 2015 and 2017. There, I laughed, smiled and played like a kid; made lifelong friends; and learned how to better manage my disease. Your modest contribution to the Foundation will help others benefit from the same kind of experience.”

Donate to Charlie’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Charlie’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/188146408428218/

Anne Shipman

Anne Shipman

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by the Anne's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO ANNE!!!

read Anne's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $500

Donate to Anne’s Campaign using the form above.

Marilyn Joy Lantz

Marilyn Joy Lantz

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by the Marley's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO MARLEY!!!

read Marley's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2000

I will be running the Richmond Half Marathon on Saturday and i am raising money for the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation! I was diagnose in August of 2000 so my goal is to raise $2,000 Please consider supporting my fundraiser by making a donation so that i can help many others with Type 1 diabetes get a chance to experience this Awesome diabetes camp for a week! Diabetes Training Camp holds a very special place in my heart! 💙and i love being a part of this Wonderful group!!

Donate to Marley’s Campaign using the form above or check out Marley’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/132171734212786/

Isabel Missy Halpin

Isabel Missy Halpin

DTC Volunteer/Foundation Director

DOLLARS raised by Isabel's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO ISABEL!!!

read Isabel's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $2000

“Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I’m raising money for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support.”

Donate to Isabel’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Isabel’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/2007364612874544/

Cheryl Posavac

Cheryl Posavac

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Cheryl's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO CHERYL!!!

read Cheryl's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $500

“I am raising funds this month to support the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation November fundraiser that will support the camps scholarship program. November is Diabetes awareness month and its also the month in which I turn the BIG 50! Facebook tells it all! So I am asking you to please support me in raising $500 to go towards this wonderful program! I had the opportunity in 2016 to attend camp and have been applying learnings throughout the year. This program is unique in that its the only one for Adults with T1D to come together to learn and join a community of others in reaching fitness goals. And hey, we also have some T2D that join us as well! In 2018, we are looking to expand the number of camps during the year. This is where you come in. Not all T1Ds can afford to attend camp on their own. The scholarship program enables more folks to join this awesome community and become their very own DIABETIC BADASS! So please help me in paying it forward. I will be challenging myself to some fitness goals this month and keeping you posted!”

Donate to Cheryl’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Cheryl’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/720220931517728/720220938184394/

Lyndsay Greggerson

Lyndsay Greggerson

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Lyndsay's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO LYNDSAY!!!

read Lyndsay's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

“I was diagnosed at age 3 which lead to my career choice in helping others with diabetes as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Of those living with diabetes, I am amongst the minority, 10% that have type 1 (insulin dependent,) an auto immune disorder–while the majority, about 90% have type 2 diabetes. Chances are, you are also aware of the amazing fitness camp geared for those living with diabetes that I help with known as Diabetes Training Camp (DTC.) Investing in a wellness week that incorporates nutrition, mental skills, fitness coaching along with multiple workout choices in a day is a unique package in itself, but adding the medical education of a condition that is commonly misunderstood is a resource that so many living with diabetes long for. Physical activity, although recognized as a critical component to wellness for all, poses an extra challenge to someone managing their blood sugar when the body is unable to regulate it on its own. Many will even avoid exercise all together because of the fears and frustrations around exercise…. DTC has personally helped me be more strategic and successful when it comes to exercise. The greatest gift I have received though is the friendships and comradery that exists when united with others that ‘get it.’ I have been fortunate to be involved since 2008 and have nearly a decade of personal growth, along with seeing people transform by feeling understood, prepared, and motivated when they leave camp which has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life so far. ”

Donate to Lyndsay’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Lyndsay’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/313240715822311/313240722488977/

Jon Fecik

Jon Fecik

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Jon's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO JON!!!

read Jon's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $5000

“The difference between an endurance athlete and a Type 1 diabetic is that the endurance athlete can choose to quit at any time where the individual with Type 1 must continuing dealing with his/her lifelong challenge no matter what. Type 1 diabetes is permanent. There is no cure. There is no “OFF” switch. When I go to sleep, I rarely wake up in the middle of the night and I almost always wake up refreshed. This is not the case for most diabetics. When a diabetic is in his deepest soundest sleep in the middle night and diabetes wakes him up, for the 3rd time that week, to tell him “I must be dealt with,” the diabetic must wake up and take care of his diabetes. It is a burden, but the alternative of not dealing with the disease is worse. Not dealing with diabetes is life threatening and can result in a long trip to the hospital, long term complications such as blindness, or even death.

As you might imagine, living with diabetes requires a special kind of support. The Diabetes Training Camp provides this support by educating diabetics on how to live well while living with the challenge of diabetes. As a coach at camp, I have seen firsthand how some come to camp hanging on to life by a thread. They no longer have the desire to function while living with the disease. As camp progresses through the week, campers are put through a kick start style of physical and mental training that covers everything from diet to exercise to mental skills. Knowledge is power and I see campers start to understand their disease better. In turn, campers start to understand that there are things within their control which will allow them to live better with the disease. If knowledge is power, community is strength. By the middle of the week, at the sessions I coach, I see campers realize that they are not alone because 30 other individuals around them deal with diabetes every day while soldiering on. I see campers open up and develop a lifelong support network that helps them remain strong when they leave camp. And if community is strength, each camper’s experience at the Diabetes Training Camp is transformative. By the end of the week, I see campers relight their desire to live with the disease and head back into the daily grind with the power and strength they need to live well. It’s moving to personally witness the journey of campers who came to camp holding onto life by a thread and, only 6 days later, leave camp dragging the world with a steal cable behind them. They come out of the Diabetes Training Camp not only ready to live well but ready to thrive while perusing challenges they never thought possible such as 250m open water swim, a 50 mile JDRF ride, or even an Ironman Triathlon.”

Donate to Jon’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Jon’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/128927131128408/

Julia Triano

Julia Triano

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Julia's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO JULIA!!!

read Julia's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $708

“I️ can not express how much this camp meant to me and helped me cope with all aspects of diabetes. I️ was surrounded by people with pumps and pens and glucometers. I️ heard buzzing and ringing at all hours of the day and night and that made me feel at peace. I️ wasn’t alone. I️ had all these warriors fighting the same fight as me and it was empowering! Fast forward to now, November, which is diabetes awareness month. I️ would love to give back to a group that helped me so much during my first few months of diagnosis. The staff is wonderful and Dr. Matt has so much compassion for each and every camper.”

Donate to Julia’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Julia’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1720455064640114/

Jennifer Vergilio

Jennifer Vergilio

DTC Volunteer/Staff

DOLLARS raised by Jennifer's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO JENNIFER!!!

read Jennifer's pledge...

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $1000

“This past year I had the pleasure of volunteering as medical staff with Dr. Matt Corcoran and his fabulous team at DTC- Diabetes Training Camp. Since November is National Diabetes Month I would love it if all of my facebook friends would commit a couple days of coffee money to reach my fundraising goal. With every remaining day of this month I will commit as a Nurse Practitioner to spend five extra minutes on every patient to educate more on diabetes risk and management. The purpose of raising money is to fund scholarships for the campers. For all of you out there who know me well…. you know I would NOT waste my precious vacation time on something I did not believe in. This place changes lives! Come be a part of it!”

Donate to Jennifer’s Campaign using the form above, or check out Jennifer’s Fundraiser on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/1766179787010583/

Daniel Oliva

Daniel Oliva

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Daniel's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO DANIEL!!!

Amy Kampf

Amy Kampf

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by the Amy's so far! WAY TO GO AMY!!!

Corey Melke Hinz

Corey Melke Hinz

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Corey's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO COREY!!!

Beth Wicklund

Beth Wicklund

DTC Alum Camper

DOLLARS raised by Beth's Campaign so far! WAY TO GO BETH!!!

Anonymous Fundraisers

Anonymous Fundraisers

DTC Volunteers/Staff/Alum Campers

DOLLARS raised by the Anonymous Campaign so far! WAY TO GO!!!

…and MORE DTC challengers are jumping on board!

Stay tuned as we continue to update this page with their inspiring goals and personal stories.

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