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West Hempstead, RVC Lions Clubs Send Winthrop Kids to Camp

Thanks to generous donations from both the Rockville Centre (RVC) Lions Club and the West Hempstead Lions Club, five members of the Winthrop’s Kindred Spirit Support Group for children with diabetes – Michael Nelson of Oceanside; Dana Laissle of Deer Park; T.J. Rama of Lindenhurst; Lauren Boldis of Merrick; and Nicholas D’Angelo of Massapequa – will have the opportunity to attend the Clara Barton Diabetes Day Camp in Roslyn this summer.

As members of the Kindred Spirit Support Group, Michael, Dana, T.J., Lauren and Nicholas participate in a unique education and support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their families offered by Winthrop’s nationally recognized Diabetes Education Center.  The scholarships given by the Rockville Centre Lions Club and the West Hempstead Lions Club are intended to help enable children with diabetes attend the Clara Barton Diabetes Day Camp – a special camp geared specifically toward insulin-dependent children.

This outdoor summer camp combines fun and activity with diabetes education in a relaxed environment that is designed to support and inspire children with diabetes.

“The mission of the Kindred Spirit Support Group is to educate, motivate and inspire children with diabetes through educational play. We teach children diabetes self management skills and how to become advocates for themselves,” said Eileen Egan, FNP, CDE, Coordinator of Winthrop’s Kindred Spirits Support Group. “Over the years, the Lions Clubs have been great supporters of our program as one of their main missions is the prevention of diabetes and its potential complications. Their generosity has allowed several of our children to have a wonderful experience at the Clara Barton Diabetes Day Camp, which fosters the ability for the children to develop friendships with other kids who share in their day to day struggles, while having fun and learning about diabetes.”

For more information about the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop-University Hospital and its comprehensive programs, please call (516) 663-2350 or visit www.winthrop.org.