What people are saying
“My favorite thing about camp is the people there. To me, camp isn’t a place, the people are the camp. Without the amazing family that we have formed, I would not be at the place in my life that I am now. Camp Endres has been a life saver for me.
I cannot begin to describe the number of times my camp family has helped me through a difficult time, whether they have known it or not. The message behind camp is also incredibly important to me. I love that this camp is all about teaching us that having diabetes isn’t something to be ashamed of. Everyone at camp encourages you to see the goodness in diabetes whenever you can, while still being able to empathize with you about how terrible it is. You never feel alone, because you know that everyone there shares your feelings.
However, at the end of the day, you can’t help but be thankful for this disease in some weird way because of the incredible things it has given you. I love how carefree and comfortable I feel at camp. I am never more confident and sure of myself than the first week of July with my camp family.
Worries cast aside, when at camp, I never worry about giving insulin, checking blood sugars or changing my pump site – it is second nature for everyone there; not something to be annoyed by or embarrassed by like these things can be in regular life. It is one of the few places I feel at ease about having T1D. I never feel as if I am leaving my home when we drive to Camp Endres; I feel like I’m coming home.”
Maddy Stone, age 16
“My daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Quintanilla, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes July 28, 2015 at the age of 8. Her world, as well as her families, has been different ever since. These days we have found a “new” normal and although diabetes tries to dominate our lives, we refuse to let it.
This change in behavior didn’t happen over night or without the help offered by DSOK. If we had/have questions, frustrations, need adjustments, DSOK is a phone call away. We ALWAYS receive care and the best help. DSOK loves their type 1 kiddo’s and families. You need only to speak with them for a second to feel the love.
My daughter has attended the day camp, Camp NoHiLo, since diagnosis. Being able to be around other T1D kids was/is a complete boost of confidence. She was just like everyone else. It made the daily grind of diabetes management more bearable knowing all these kids go home and do the same things she does.
When Ryan completed the 4th grade she was old enough to go to Camp Endres. This is a week long camp. Ryan, not only has diabetes, she is my youngest child and out of all her siblings, her and I are joined at the hip. We do everything together. She was so scared to leave me but equally excited to go to camp. I felt the same. DSOK is there with them the entire week. NO child is ever left to manage T1D alone. This is true of Camp NoHiLo and Camp Endres.
Parents, we need a break. Our kids need to figure this disease out independent of us. The thought of Ryan growing up with T1D and leaving home is terrifying. We have such a small amount of time to prepare them to “leave the nest”. DSOK is here to help us and to help train our children to live life to the fullest without letting T1D hold them back. We are so privileged to have an organization like DSOK to support and love us like we are true members of a unique family. Please contact them today and make your life better.”
“Kim Boaz has been an inspiration to me in my life with diabetes. When I was a teenager, she taught me how to use my first pump and how to really become independent with my diabetes management. Her empowering attitude was revolutionary to me as a 15 year old! I especially respected her because she had T1D like me.
Now that I’m an adult, I still look up to her! Her passion and compassion have impacted the lives of so many. Kim and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma serve the T1D community in Oklahoma City through education, camps, award ceremonies, family events, and more. And Kim always has a smile for you, even when it’s been a while since you’ve seen her!
Thank you, Kim and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma!”