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Rutherford Regional To host Camp G.O.L.D. Rush
Annual camp is for children and teens with diabetes

    Tyler Kramer was 10 years old in 2005 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At the time, he thought he got diabetes because he was being punished for something. Now, he recognizes that it’s just a part of who he is and that he’s still the same Tyler as always.

    Tyler and his dad, Evan, will present “Our Diabetes Journey – For Parents and Kids” on Saturday, June 2, during Rutherford Regional’s Camp G.O.L.D. (Gonna Overcome Life with Diabetes) Rush. The one day camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foothills Family Campground.

    Camp G.O.L.D. Rush is now in its fourth year. It is sponsored annually by the Diabetes Department at Rutherford Regional Health System. The 2012 camp is also supported by the Lake Lure Lions Club.

    “Camp G.O.L.D. Rush was started to provide an opportunity for kids and teens with diabetes, as well as their parents, in Rutherford County and surrounding counties to have a day filled with educational and fun activities that will help emphasize good blood sugar control,” said Anita Phillips, diabetes educator with Rutherford Regional Health System. “The goal is to provide this camp free of charge by community and private donations.”

    Camp is for children and teens who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is free to attend. Activities include education about nutrition, exercise and benefits of good blood glucose management, a cookout, games, crafts and swimming.

    The Kramers will share their story about living with Type 1 diabetes and lead a discussion with parents and youth on the choices young people have in managing their diabetes, understanding each other’s point of view and situations specific to both youth and parents. Their appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon.

Registration for Camp G.O.L.D. Rush is recommended before May 19. Foothills Family Campground is located at 1661 Hogan Road, Forest City. To register, call 828-286-5062.

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