Camp Helps Local Families Dealing with Diabetes

By: Lauren Garber Email
By: Lauren Garber Email

Portola, Calif. - Having a family and raising kids is already challenging, but what if one of your children was diagnosed with Type I diabetes? That's something families in our area deal with on a daily basis, but now, they're getting some help from the Nevada Diabetes Association and a Winter Wonderland Family Camp.

7-year-old William Golay says because he has diabetes, sometimes, he gets left out.

"School is like, people don't like to play with you sometimes," said William. "You have no friends."

Diagnosed at age three, even his teachers don't always understand.

"They like to not let him do certain things, and we feel like they're picking on him a little bit," said William's mother, Susan Golay.

But this weekend is different. He, his parents, and two siblings drove all the way from Stead to the Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola to go to the Terry Lee Wells Family Camp for families who have kids with diabetes.

"They can go interact with other families, get education, we do it in a casual setting, where they're still having fun," said Sarah Gleich, the Director of the Nevada Diabetes Association.

The camp is a way for kids with diabetes to feel like they fit in, and be around others who are dealing with the same thing.

Jacob Green has to watch his younger brother, Ashton, deal with diabetes.

"It makes me kind of feel sad that no one else will like treat him like he's one of them," said Green.

But that's something that, for one weekend, these kids don't have to deal with."We all have the same struggle, but you have a tight-knit little community that you can rely on, support each other, and how you need to function in your life," said Susan.

"We don't want to call it a support group, but you know that you're supported," said Gleich.

The camp's director says she hopes families leave the camp with the confidence to know that they can deal with diabetes.

"It's like you're making new friends," said William.

"He gets to be just like a normal kid, and do normal things," said Susan.

When the kids are off playing, under the supervision of camp counselors who have diabetes, too, families come together to talk about the challenges they deal with having a kid with diabetes.

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