MacKenzie Brown, Miss Notre Dame 2016, is preparing to host ‘Pumped on Insulin,’ a Juvenile Diabetes Camp which will be held July 28, 2016, at the SOMC Friends Center. The camp is for all ages for those who have Type-1 diabetes, and is free.
Brown is the coordinator of Pumped On Insulin. She is the daughter of David and Kim Brown of Wheelersburg and has a younger sister named Madison. Brown, who is a senior at Notre Dame High School, was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes in 2008 at the age of nine. Henceforth, Brown is hosting the camp to raise awareness about Type-1 Diabetes. She was also selected to represent her school in the Miss River Days Pageant, the camp will inclusive in the community service component as a 2016 Miss River Days Festival candidate.
The camp will provide a unique opportunity for Type-1 Diabetics to gather and connect with one another for a day of fun and games, swimming, and to gain more information about diabetes, as well as the practice of healthy diets and exercise.
Pumped On Insulin will be held July 28, at the SOMC Friends Center, 1202 18th St., in Portsmouth beginning with check in from 8-8:30 a.m., with program of events from 9 a.m. t0 5 p.m. Camp is for all ages, children under age five must be accompanied by an adult.
Brown said it is important for Type-1 Diabetics to know that they are not ‘different.’
“The Camp is for all of the Type-1 diabetics in the area to come together and just get with other diabetes just to let them know that they aren’t alone, and that they are not different, and they can express themselves,” Brown said .”I know that when I was a kid I felt different too. I think that the camp would great for anyone. It is also for any type-1 Diabetics and the parents of a type-1 Diabetic.”
The event will also include a lineup of speakers from as far as the West Coast.
“We have speakers coming from the West Coast, from Cincinnati, and there’s going be a bunch of vendors, and a lot projects that they can participate in. They will also be able to hear about the new research concerning diabetes,” she said.
Parents may also have their test performed at the Diabetes Camp to gauge whether or not their child or children.
“The test will be able to tell if their children have Diabetes, or the parents can be tested, and see if they have diabetes,” she said.
Registration is free by calling 740-357-0798, or by email to: [email protected] The deadline for participation in the Juvenile Diabetes Camp is July 1, 2016.
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