What made you decide to volunteer at Camp Hendon and how long have you been volunteering?
I started volunteering as a Dietetic Student in 1994. I have been volunteering ever since, 26 years.
What is your role at camp?
I have served many roles: Dietetic Student, Dietitian, Nutrition Director, Camp Co-Chair, and Camp Chair. The last several years I have served as sort of camp director role with the other administrative staff.
Why do you come back year after year? What do you get from camp or how has it impacted your life?
I come back year after year because I feel like I am part of the camp family, a needed cog in the wheel that makes it run. It gives me a place that is a special bond with so many people. The kids teach me so much, push me to do more, and the staff is a team of talented individuals that come together to teach, learn, laugh, and help each other make camp happen. We are blessed to have this group and place!
What is your favorite activity at camp?
I love the talent show! I love to see children be proud of what they can do. I think it is great to see people come out of their shell in a caring atmosphere. I also love helping with the ice cream truck, it is silly and just good fun!
What are some things you have learned or taken away from camp?
I tell so many people that camp is one of the best type 1 diabetes learning experiences I have ever had. I have learned so much over the years about diabetes. I have learned invaluable diabetes skills, leadership skills, team player abilities, and problem solving. Mostly though, I take away the love, joy, and friendships it provides.
What do you do in your real life when you’re not giving your time to Camp Hendon?
I am a dietitian with Lincoln Trail District Health Department. I was the Diabetes Coordinator for about 23 years, and now I am the WIC coordinator. I am married to my wonderful husband, Dwight. We have a cat, Flip Flop and a turtle. I am involved in our Church, and I try to be a super aunt.
Do you have any skills or talents that many may not know about you?
I like cooking, baking, including cake decorating, and candy making.