Camp Kudzu E-News: July 2017 Edition
More Than A Number!
Camp Kudzu's theme this year is that our children and teens are so much more than
the numbers we check all the time.  We know that parents , healthcare providers and all people living with diabetes need numbers to know how to take good care of their health. Checking blood sugar levels all the time and getting HbA1c indicators quarterly are part of that. These numbers are just data, just information to guide action. But sometimes they feel so judgment-laden, and that can be hard to live with.  

In o ur Opening Ceremonies, Circle Time talking sessions and with every clinician meeting we acknowledge that managing diabetes is demanding and that campers have every right to celebrate so many aspects of their lives.  That includes their efforts to manage diabetes AND their efforts in school, with friendships, in sports and the arts, and the sum total of their unique and wonderful lives.

We draw inspiration from our Golden Awards, our "line up" of volunteer staff who live vibrantly with their diabetes (103 people, representing 925 years of experience with diabetes at Session 3!), the number of alums who return to camp to give back to the next generation, and the joy that all our campers show when they're together at camp.

Read about the great inspiration that GA Tech quarteback Matthew Jordan shared with our campers this July:   AJC article about Camp Kudzu.

Spin for Kids - The Ride of Your Life for Our Kids!

It's time to get your pedals spinning, your heart pumping and your friends giving!  
Join Team Camp Kudzu and help us raise funds to send deserving kids to camp! 
Last year's efforts helped raise $25,000 for our kids.  This year we want to do it again...  The date is Sunday, October 15 AND TEAMS ARE FORMING NOW!
Registration  We promise you a  fun and fulfilling ride through the scenic back roads of beautiful Morgan County. Riders of all skill levels can choose from five scenic road routes: 5, 15, 27, 47, 62 or 100 miles.   Read on for more details!  Please call or email Doris Pierce-Hardy to learn more!  404.250.1811, x 25,

For our Volunteers:  It's Chaco Time!

It takes hundreds of dedicated volunteers to care for our kids at camp.  THANK YOU!  Volunteer summer staff, you can get a great discount on "counselor shoes", also known as Chaco's.  This is a lovely benefit of Camp Kudzu being a member of the American Camp Assoceation (ACA).  In fact we are one of only 15 or so diabetes camps which are accredited by the ACA.

How?   Join the American Camp Association, and then take advantage of its connection to discounts at Chaco.   Go to  If you use the code CHACO13, you will receive your first year of ACA membership free (a $200 savings).  Then proceed to to Create a New account.  Read on for details...

Thank You to Our Day Volunteers!
You Can Still Help for a Day!

Thank you to our wonderful friends who have helped us prepare for camp, move there, greet campers and unload in between sessions.  Big Shout Out to Resurgens, Novo Nordisk, Lilly, AirWatch, ADA, The Home Depot and Piedmont Financial Group plus dozens of caring individuals.  Your time and your "sweat equity" are hugely helpful to making our campers feel at home.

Next up, last chances to help for a day:
  • Greeting campers and helping with luggage on Sunday, July 30, Cleveland, GA
  • Moving out  of camp on August 5
  • Unpacking our PackRat August 7
Please contact LaShonda Reese to help:  404.250.1811,
Medical Corner:  Hydration is Key!

Hot, humid summer days are here to stay in Georgia. With many of our favorite summer activities taking place outside in the heat, hydration is ever important during the smoldering summer months in the South! This holds especially true for individuals with diabetes, where dehydration can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels.

Number One recommendation:  Quench Your Thirst with Water for its unequaled benefits.  It's caffeine free, additive free and has no carbs.   Read MORE to learn how much is enough, why sports drinks aren't the top recommendation for everyone and other key recommendations.

Kendra Scott Shopping Opportunity at Avalon

Tuesday, July 25, you have the opportunity to treat yourself, select a terrific gift for someone you care about AND help Camp Kudzu's kids.  

It's a Give Back Party from 6 pm until 8 pm complete with sips and sweets.  Address: 3150 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta.  If you prefer, you can skip the drive and pre-order!  Please call Doris Pierce-Hardy to pre-order and/or learn more:  404.250.1811, x 25.

Happenings and Opportunities

Fall Family Camp will be October 27-29 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge.

Registration will open in mid-August for this program.  Family Camp is for everyone in your family.  It's a chance to meet others traveling a similar journey with diabetes to yours, to learn from families who've got a few years experience already, to ask questions of healthcare professionals and to gain hope from seeing our staff, most of whom have diabetes, caring for your children and joining you for activities and meals.  Speaking of meals... the food is great AND we have carb counts for everything.  For more information, please call our office:  404.250.1811.   

Fund Raise for Camp Kudzu

If your neighborhood, book club, classroom, group or organization seeks a good cause for an event you wish to host, think Camp Kudzu! Bake sales, car wash, dine for a cause, party with a purpose, garage sales, marathon training, theater nights... the possibilities for fundraising events are endless! For more information on how you can host a Third Party event for Camp Kudzu, email Doris Pierce-Hardy at, or call 404.250.1811, x25

We Love Our Partners!
Camp Kudzu educates, empowers and inspires children living with diabetes. 

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