What made you decide to volunteer at Camp Hendon and how long have you been volunteering?
I volunteered as part of my pharmacy residency program in 2017, but realized that I had found my people immediately! I have been volunteering since then.
What is your role at camp?
I started as an adult counselor, I am now medical staff and a part of the operations committee.
Why do you come back year after year? What do you get from camp or how has it impacted your life?
Coming to camp every year refuels my fire for my career and life. It is hard to explain the purpose, hope, and joy that being at camp gives me! The goodness of the staff, the energy and resilience of the campers—it truly is the best place on earth!
What is your favorite activity at camp and why?
The dance is my favorite because the kids think it’s hilarious when we know some of the dances too!
What are some things you have learned or taken away from camp?
Camp has taught me more about managing diabetes than a textbook ever could. First and foremost-they are kids above all else. Having diabetes is something they handle with such grace, it does not define who they are. Camp has taught me the importance of acceptance, inclusion, and taking care of each other!
What do you do in your real life when you’re not giving your time to Camp Hendon?
When I’m not “Red”, I am a pharmacist and diabetes educator. I love spending time outdoors with my friends and family. My favorite child is a cactus baby named Linda.
Do you have any skills or talents that many may not know about you?
I can still do back handsprings from way back when in my cheerleading days. I am also just a loud human being-not sure if that’s more of a skill or a talent.