Diabetes Camp

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They may look like your average campers, but beneath the surface there's a hidden link. They are all living with diabetes.

Eleven-year-old Jaymie Marse is one of the 50 or so campers learning to stay a float in the world while battling this sometimes debilitating disease.

Jaymie says, "I have to take shots and pricks and can't eat certain foods."

Nicole Tuovila can relate. Also an 11-year-old diabetic. She says without camps like this she'd be in over head when it comes to caring for her condition.

Nicole says, "Learn how to better take care of my diabetes, and I'm not the only one there are lots of other kids who have it."

Twenty one million people in the United States have diabetes. It is the number one cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations, but Dr. Larry Deeb says it doesn't have to be that way.

"These kids are learning how to have diabetes and live," he says.

Camp director Helene Rhine says education is the key to living with diabetes, and it gives these kids hope, instead of leaving them out to dry.

The camp is sponsored by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Partners for Diabetes. Volunteers make up the camp staff.