What made you decide to volunteer at Camp Hendon and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering at Camp Hendon since 2017. My girlfriend at the time (now married) Megan encouraged me to be an adult counselor, and so did Bryan Fallon. Megan is the Executive Director for Camp Hendon, and at the time Bryan was the Board Chair. Megan and Bryan conspired to get me and Bryan’s brother Mike to volunteer together. Mike and I each agreed individually to volunteer on the condition that the other person was already committed, and it worked!
What is your role at camp?
Adult Counselor / Den Leader
Why do you come back year after year? What do you get from camp or how has it impacted your life?
I love seeing the kids, and I know how important it is to them. Knowing the challenges they overcome every day is truly an inspiration and I enjoy supporting them. I have been following the same group each year and really love every single one of them.
What is your favorite activity at camp and why?
My favorite part of camp is recapping the day with each kiddo and tucking them into bed at night. It is just nice to see their individual personalities come out after a long busy day of interacting in the larger group. It is a brief but sweet moment that motivates me to make the most of every experience with them. I also enjoy identifying individual skills and talents of the volunteer staff and working with them to help support the team. I guess I enjoy being a coach.
What are some things you have learned or taken away from camp?
These kids and their parents are heroes. They can accomplish anything as long as they manage their T1D instead of letting T1D manage them.
What do you do in your real life when you’re not giving your time to Camp Hendon?
I run US Logistics operations for Amgen, which is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. I also love the outdoors and travel. Most of all I love spending time with my wife and baby girl Rosalie. I also play and sing in multiple bands with my twin brother Aaron. Someday I am going to convince him to come to camp with me, and I know it will change his life too!
Do you have any skills or talents that many may not know about you?
I happen to be Megan Cooper’s trophy husband… although everyone already knows that. :)