Giving thanks on World Diabetes Day


Today is World Diabetes Day, and we are celebrating as we build awareness of the overall needs of the T1D community. Today, we reflect on all we accomplished, all the work that remains to be done, and how thankful we are for our community and the support we give each other on a regular basis.

As we enjoy the cooler November weather and prepare for Thanksgiving, it's a great time to also reflect on the many blessings we appreciate here at Camp Kudzu.

I am especially thankful for our key stakeholders: our champions that support Camp Kudzu all year long as our "Compass Society" members. Of course we also want to celebrate the commitment of our 650+ amazing volunteers and Medical Staff. In total, our volunteers provide more than 62,000 hours each summer (translates to 7 years) and make everything we do at Camp Kudzu possible! Camp Kudzu is a monumental group effort throughout the year, and without the dedication of our volunteers and Kudzu family, there's no way we would continue to succeed in changing the lives of so many children and teens with type 1 diabetes.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our successful 11th Annual Camp Kudzu Benefit Luncheon as we honored Kathy Womack. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our wonderful Luncheon Committee and leadership of our Co-Chairs, Melissa Zgonc and Jan Studdard. Due to the generosity of those in attendance, we are on track to raise more than $230,000 and fund 148 campers alone with the proceeds from the "Fund-A-Camper" program. It's not too late for you to make a difference! You can still make a meaningful gift that can allow for a camper to take part in Camp Kudzu's programs that otherwise might not be able to participate.  https://www.campkudzu.org/donate/general-donations/ 

Congratulations to our incredible 2018 Camp Kudzu Ambassadors, each receiving the "Alexandra Allen Light the Way Award." This is an impressive group of Kudzu's most dedicated alumni that include: Mindy Bartleson, Nicole Bernath, Julie Cortes, Erin Dever, Laura Gillespie, Caroline Graff, Brian Starks, and Zach Whigham. I also want to recognize our Ambassadors' fundraising efforts, raising more than $11,000 for Camp Kudzu's programs - which translates to 11 camper scholarships - as part of "Fund-A-Camper." THANK YOU!

Keep reading for more information about upcoming programs. We are excited to unveil our five 2019 summer sessions - including our "Sprouts" day camp program - and announce open registration for our Teen Retreat: February 1-3, 2019.

Finally, one last thank you for all the ways you and your family support Camp Kudzu. Thank you so much for giving your time, your effort, and your treasures in supporting our important cause. I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to the holiday season.

-Rob Shaw
Executive Director
robert.shaw@campkudzu.org
Annual Benefit Luncheon
We had an amazing and emotional day at the 11th annual Camp Kudzu Benefit luncheon. It is my favorite day of the year because it is Camp for the parents! We get to see our friends, watch Camp Kudzu videos, hear camper testimonials (like the very moving one from 14 year old camper, Lola), and most importantly: raise money to send kids to Camp!

We had great support from our friends, parents, former campers, founders, doctors and many important Atlanta companies. The silent auction was fun and every penny from every item sold goes to Camp Kudzu. But the most exciting part of the day was the Fund-a-Camper live auction, where the attendees donated $148,000 to send kids to camp. I teared up on the way home, thinking of how special Camp Kudzu is to my family and how much I appreciate the love and commitment of our staff, board, advisory council, volunteers and friends.

I am thrilled that we can continue our outreach and make our Camp Kudzu programs available to even more newly diagnosed campers and vulnerable families over the next year. If you couldn’t join the fun, but would like to support us, please donate at www.campkudzu.org or contact us to get involved. Without you, we cannot not carry out our important missing of educating, empowering and inspiring kids, teens and their families living with type one diabetes. Until there’s a cure, there’s camp!

-Jennifer Odom
Camp Kudzu Board Chair
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Fall Family Camp a huge success
Thank you to everyone who attended Fall Family Camp and volunteered to make it a huge success. Check out some of our favorite pictures from the weekend.
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Volunteer Staff, come celebrate with us!
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Get info about being a CIT or Junior Counselor
Want to learn about how you can keep giving back to Kudzu as a counselor? Check out these flyers for our Junior Counselor (for teens completing 11th grade) and Counselor-in-Training (for teens completing 12th grade) programs.

JUNIOR COUNSELOR INFO
COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING INFO
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World Diabetes Day: Happy birthday, Frederick Banting!
By Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD, CDE
It’s no coincidence that World Diabetes Day is celebrated on the birthday of the man that invented insulin—Frederick Banting. The day is truly recognized worldwide (hence the name), with a focus on raising awareness for the condition. A theme is picked each year by the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), with this year’s theme being “The Family and Diabetes.” Not only is diabetes difficult for the child or adult living with it, but it can bear weight on the entire family.

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Kudzu family gets a little bigger
Camp Kudzu couldn't be more excited to congratulate Mandy and Tommy Conroy on the arrival of their son, Brooks Edward Conroy, on October 2, 2018!
Have you heard? Kudzu is moving south...east!
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In front of the horse drawn carriages and behind the line at Leopold’s Ice Cream, I am excited to announce I will be a part of the Camp Kudzu Team while developing, promoting, and creating a wide range of opportunities for the Coastal Empire communities.

Keep your eyes peeled for a new Spring Camp opportunity in Waycross, GA, volunteer recruitments, and community events targeted to spread the “buzz” about Camp Kudzu (not to be confused with the Savannah Bee Company buzz...).

I am honored and thrilled to see what exciting new things are on the horizon here in the southeast. Stay tuned! 

-Cyndi Satlow
Celebrate 20 years of Camp Kudzu!
Attention all Camp Kudzu Alumni, Camper Families, and Volunteers: if you are you are interested in helping us start to plan events as we prepare to celebrate 20 years as Camp Kudzu, please contact Jessica Martinez at jmartinez@campkudzu.org  or 404-495-4853. 

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ATHLETA event, Thursday 7-9
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Change a life: Fund a Camper this summer
It's not too late to make a lifelong difference in the life of a child or teen with type 1 diabetes. Help provide a summer experience that a Kudzu Camper will never forget. Contact Jessica Martinez for more information on the Fund a Camper program today. 

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2018 Kudzu Partners
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