Our Team is making a difference. You can too!
Our team is supporting the American Diabetes Association Colorado Camp because we want to make a difference. We want to lead. We want to inspire. We want to empower.
We are teaming up now to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of youth who are affected by diabetes. We are committed to participate together and raise money to sponsor youth camperships.
By making a donation or joining our team, you will be helping us provide children with diabetes an educational and memorable experience in a medically supervised setting.
When we bring together dedicated team members and generous donors, the power we have as a group far outweighs what any of us could do alone.
We are determined to reach our team goal, one person at a time. So let's make a difference together! Fundraising NOW thru December 31, 2019
Event Date: November 16, 2019
LOCATION: Stanley Marketplace 2501 Dallas St Aurora, CO 80010 TIME: 11am-2pm
Meet the campers and their families: Estrella Gonzales age 8 Denver, CO;
Braeden Griffin, age 12 Thornton, CO; Jonas Gander age 10 Aurora, CO; Sabella Tadesse age 11 Aurora, CO; Cole Alvarado age 14 Castle Pines, CO
Team Name: Colorado Lions District 6C
Walk/Run/Virtual Walk Donate Team Name: Colorado Lions District 6C
Contact: Janice Davis 303-378-2236 Lenora Rodgers 720-298-1345 Stokes Anderson 303-249-0739
Hi my name is Estrella Gonzales, I was diagnosed when I was 1 year old and now I am 7! My life with diabetes is sometimes scary but sometimes fun. It is scary sometimes because of the needles. Sometimes it hurts to change my pump, CGM, poke my finger or get a shot. What I don’t like the most about diabetes is that I can’t always eat whatever I want. The fun part about having diabetes is I get to go to American Diabetes Association Camp DX and Camp
Sweet Pea and for the first time this summer the overnight diabetes camp, Camp Colorado. They are so much fun! They make me feel super special about having diabetes and I feel like a normal kid. I wish I could go to camp everyday instead of
school. Thank you so much for helping give me the opportunity to go to diabetes camp this summer!
- Estrella Gonzales, 7 years old –Denver, CO
Hi my name is Braeden Griffin, I’m twelve years old. I have been diagnosed with diabetes for almost three years now. When I was diagnosed, it was heartbreaking for my family, although it runs in the family, they hoped it never would happen to me or my sister. Diabetes is a very unpredictable disease. One moment your blood sugar can be 415 and the next you are 68. It is very difficult to take care of your diabetes, but with the right help of your family and friends I can do it. The only reason why I am still here today is that my family noticed my symptoms which included extreme water consumption, extreme irritability, and extreme tiredness. What I am grateful for are the doctors at the Children's Hospital in Highlands Ranch. I was in the hospital for 10 hours just sitting there with ivs in my arms, and doctors popping in and checking my blood sugar. I was borderline ketoacidosis. The hardest part was seeing my family cry, i have never seen them cry that way. They cried for a couple months. Yes diabetes can be hard, but one thing i love about it is going to Camp Colorado. That is where I can feel normal, carefree, and have the best time of my life. My favorite thing to do there is the zip line. One thing I’ve always told
myself was, “ Yeah I do have diabetes and nothing will stop me”. -Braeden Griffin, 12 years old- Thornton, CO
Hello. My name is Jonas Gander. I am 10 years old and have been fighting type 1 diabetes for almost 3 years now. After I was diagnosed with type 1 at The Children's Hospital, I was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 4 and a half days and was feeling really down. I had a lady stop by telling me that she was from Barbara Davis Center and told me all about Camp Colorado with everything it had to offer to type 1 diabetic kids like me. At that moment, having type 1 wasn't so bad. Not only did Camp Colorado change my life in a positive way but has changed many lives and it has always given my something to look forward to every Summer. My favorite part of Camp Colorado is being with other kids that have been diagnosed with type 1 and just knowing that I'm not all alone in this fight! I do have 2 goals in my life. The first and foremost would be to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The 2nd goal in my life that I am currently trying to achieve would be so life-changing for me that it does give me hope for my future! My hope and dream is to get a diabetic service dog to help me with the daily struggles I have to
help me live, gain freedom, and independence along with gaining a companion who's always there to help me with my everyday life with extreme high and low blood sugars with my type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for this scholarship to Camp Colorado. I am truly grateful and I do consider this an honor to be part of your efforts! -Jonas Gander, 10 years old - Aurora, CO
Hi my name is Sabella Tadesse I am 10 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last December. I had the opportunity to go to Camp Colorado this summer and it was sooooo much fun, we danced and sang songs and I made some great new friends. We slept in cabins and every person had diabetes. I gave myself a insulin injection for the first time. Thank you so much for helping raise money so that I may have the opportunity to go to camp again!
-Sabella Tadesse, 10 years old- Aurora, CO
My name is Cole Alvardo and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes March 2, 2016. I thought it was the end.of the world for me. I thought I wasn’t going to eat any of my favorite foods like steak, pizza or bacon burgers. I also thought I wasn’t going to play my favorite, soccer ever again. But that wasn’t the case. I get to eat and do whatever I put my mind to, just with a few exceptions. I have to watch the overall carbohydrates I eat and test my blood sugar many times during the day. It can be frustrating to stop what I’m doing to test my blood , get a shot of insulin or change my pump. It never ends. My first time at Camp Colorado was in 2016 and it was the best time of my life. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I thought I was the only one. When I went to camp and saw all the other diabetics I realized something amazing – I am not alone. Thank you Lions clubs for helping so many kids and even possibly me go to Camp Colorado – Cole Alvardo age 13 Castle Pines, CO
Caitlin Pillard, 14 years old- Greely, CO
Christina Wade, 8 years old- Denver, CO
Diego O’Hare, 16 years old –Denver, CO
Check out some of the fantastic fundraisers who inspire us!
Twitch Charity Stream
Amount Raised: $3,175.00
Bringing his love of video games to fundraising, Andrew hosted a 12-hour Twitch stream of various games and asked followers for support
Amount Raised: $5,750.00
To celebrate David's new appointment as Chair of the Board, he and his company hosted a party and raised money
Lone Star Rider
Amount Raised: $7,731.14
Journey along with Rex as he travels around the country on his motorcycle, raising awareness.