Camps Aim to Instill Confidence and Support Long-term SuccessDiabetes camps offer unique experiences to children in a traditional camp setting. Campers learn critical diabetes self-management skills, and many find camaraderie in the shared experiences of fellow campers.
"Having Kris Freeman at our American Diabetes Association Triangle D Camp in Illinois last summer was amazing," said Sue Apsey, associate director, mission delivery, American Diabetes Association. "Children, ages 9 through 13, attend this program and were able to not only meet Kris, but also talk and play with him. He told them his personal story and gave it to them straight—the good and the bad—which can make such a difference in connecting with and inspiring children with diabetes."
"It's easy to see how much Kris is moved by his visits, but what's amazing is that our campers get to see—through him—what they might be capable of in their own lives. That kind of inspiration is priceless. I know we're all rooting for him to bring home the gold in February."
On the Come-back TrailFor Freeman, the road to Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is more than just a chance to compete. It's a road to possible redemption and perhaps his last best chance for an Olympic medal.At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Freeman collapsed on the course during the 30K pursuit due to a low blood sugar event. His chance for a medal quickly slipped away. For him, getting up and finishing regardless of the result (he placed 45 th) was the only possible alternative. "I knew there were people with diabetes watching that day, so part of my motivation to get up and finish was for them," Freeman said. "I've worked hard since then, and I'm ready to put into action everything I've learned after four additional years of racing and studying how my body can best perform with diabetes. I'm prepared, and I'm so thankful I'll have all the children I've met over the years, Lilly and the diabetes community behind me once again."