We Love Our Volunteers

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving each other,” – Erma Bombeck.

Let’s face it: Camp wouldn’t be fun without great volunteers. They make learning easy. They challenge, while inspiring. They soothe with a Band-Aid and a smile. They teach while being goofy. They make sure blood sugars are in check and carbs are curbed.


And so with the camp season coming to the end, staff at the American Diabetes Association’s camps Aurora and New Horizons, would like to thank all of its volunteers for serving the 350 campers and their families this summer.


Many of the volunteers took time from their clinics, faculty functions and used vacation days to help kids with diabetes learn to manage the disease.  Thank you donating your time to a great cause. ADA camps improve diabetes management skills, lower diabetes-related stress,  and make kids with diabetes feel normal again. Thank you for being a part of the program that has impacted so many lives.


“Volunteers are a vital part of the American Diabetes Association’s camping program,” said Sherry Hill, Regional Director – Camps for the ADA. “We could not provide the quality program without them.”

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A special thanks to camp directors, Lynn Bruns (Camp New Horizons North), Val Sanders (Camp New Horizons South), Kelli Goree and Brenda Sonnier (Camp Aurora.) Also thanks to medical partners Children’s Health, Cook Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinics, and Texas Tech School of Pharmacy – Dallas Campus. And thank you to the  Lions Club District 2-X1 and a host of other healthcare and community volunteers.


Elizabeth Andrew said it best, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” 

So thank you for your heart!

Turn Your Photos into Donations for Diabetes Camp

New! Turn Your Photos into Donations for Diabetes Camp

What if a snapshot could help us host more children with diabetes at our life-changing summer camps? Well, now it can!

Now through June 20,
the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Camps are among the many worthy causes supported by the Donate a Photo app, from Johnson & Johnson. Donate a Photo turns an action people take every day—snapping personal photos and sharing them to social media—into a way to do good. For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson gives $1 to the cause of your choice.

Our goal is to garner enough photos to help 33 kids, and it takes 1,496 photos to send one child to Diabetes Camp . . . so we welcome everyone to participate!

How it Works:

Note: You will need to create an account with the app. You may donate one photo per day.

  1. Download the free Donate a Photo app from the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.
  2. Select a cause (us!).
  3. Take a photo or select one from your phone.
  4. Donate your photo to the gallery.
  5. Share your image to Facebook or Twitter to further promote our cause! Follow #DonateaPhoto to view the thousands of images that people have donated to the Association and other nonprofits.

Thank you for donating your photos and for promoting through your personal and professional social media accounts.

If you have any questions about this collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, please contact Judy Lewis, Director, Corporate Alliances, at jlewis@diabetes.org or ext. 1416, or Anna Baker, Director, Digital Engagement, at anbaker@diabetes.org or ext. 2090.

Fundraiser for ADA Camp Aurora – Thank YOU!

Staff at Texas Health Azle Hospital donated household items and furniture or a great cause.  Texas Health Azle held a Fundraiser and Rummage Sale for the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Aurora on April 9, 2016 in the hospital parking lot where employees volunteered their time-off (reimbursed by Texas Health Resources for their volunteer time).  The team lead by Michelle Hopper of the Endoscopy Department, placed an ad in the local newspaper which read, “Texas Health Azle Rummage Sale, all proceeds benefit children attending American Diabetes Camp Aurora.”

Thanks to employees and everyone for donating, volunteering, shopping or stopping by the Rummage Sale this past weekend.  The pictures show how much fun was had – there was even dancing!  We raised over $1,200 to send children with diabetes to Camp Aurora, where they can have an exciting week of outdoor activities while learning valuable lessons on positive diabetes management.   A check was presented to Sherry Hill, Texas Region – Camp Director of the American Diabetes Association on May 25th.  It was a success and the staff is considering making it an annual event.

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Summer Camp Volunteers

Each summer we look for a team of volunteers to help staff our summer day camps for children affected by diabetes.  These teams consist of counselors, camp nurses, arts and crafts helpers, sports and recreation coordinators, dietitians, special activities leaders, and much more!  If you are interested in making our summer camps a fun and safe place for youth to meet friends, learn to manage diabetes and become great community leaders, then we need you! If the following time commitments do not work with your schedule please contact a Sherry Hill to see how you can still get involved.


Camp New Horizons North

June 13-17, 2016  |  8:30am – 3:30pm

Cross Creek Ranch

3406 Dublin Rd., Parker, Texas


Camp New Horizons South

June 20-24, 2016  |  8:30am – 3:30pm

Southern Cross Ranch

1800 W. Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, Texas


Camp Aurora

June 27 – July 1, 2016  |  8:30am – 3:30pm

YMCA Camp Carter

6200 Sand Springs Rd., Ft. Worth, Texas

ADA’s Camp for Kids

From paddle boats to balloon races to good old fashioned swimming, kids all over the Metroplex learned to control their diabetes while having fun and with others like themselves. And we have the pictures to prove it!