I was ten years old when everything in my life changed; dim lights blinded me, pain beat my body like a drum, and my muscles felt like fire. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I had to spend a week in the hospital, learning how to deal with my new life. The disease stole my innocence and made me grow up so much faster than any child should have to. Luckily, I learned about a camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes. Camp Joy gave me back my childhood; I could just be a kid, without judgment and with kids all around me that understood and knew the challenges in life for someone with diabetes. I never would have reached a point in my life where I embraced my differences as a part of myself; without this disease and without the magic of camp I would not be the person I am today.
Jake Stevens , Senior Counselor , Camp Korelitz