I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1990. I started attending Camp Korelitz at Camp Joy in 1995 when I was 9 yrs old. Every year I went to camp, I never wanted to leave. Then in 1999, when I was 13, I met my husband, Brent. It is my favorite story of how I noticed him at camp: we were standing around the flagpole waiting to bring the flag down at the end of the night, and there he was standing across from me in the giant circle. He was the tallest guy in the boys’ cabin. Our girls’ cabin had activities with them all week, so we were put together, but we didn’t really interact with each other. Then at the Wednesday night dance, I asked another boy if he wanted to dance. That boy said “no” but Brent said, “I’ll dance with you.” We danced a couple more times that night. The rest of the week we stuck together during group activities and outside the cabins. We traded phone numbers at the end of the week and took a polaroid together. We called each other a couple of weeks later and started dating. We came back to camp the following year as campers, our last year as campers. Then for the next 4 years, we came back as camp staff.
10 years after we met at camp, on November 7, 2009, we got married in Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery. 3 years later, we had our daughter, Autumn Rose. She is named after a friend we met at camp that passed away, Autumn Rae Beams. She is 4 years old now, and the happiest, most beautiful and precious thing in our lives. I will always be thankful for the time and friends I made at camp over the years, but I will forever have a special place in my heart for Camp Joy, without Camp Joy hosting Camp Korelitz, I wouldn’t have met the love of my life and have my wonderful family.