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Freeman Aims to Inspire
When diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19, Freeman was told that his dream of being an Olympic athlete was not possible. Since then, Freeman has transformed himself into one of the premier cross-country skiers in U.S. history, recently becoming the grueling 50K national champion for the fourth time, with consecutive titles in the last two years. While visiting 10 camps this year, Freeman will take part in this annual summer rite of passage once again and share the details of his journey to let campers with type 1 diabetes know the many things that are possible for people with diabetes.
"I enjoy visiting diabetes camps in my off-season because I learn from the campers as much as I hope they learn from me and my experiences," said Freeman. "I've come a long way on and off of the ski trail since I was diagnosed 11 years ago, and I hope to continually encourage young people to find that same strength and motivation to keep learning and to stay positive. Being at camp with others who have type 1 diabetes is a terrific place for those lessons to unfold."
Camps Instill Hope and Support Long-term Success
Diabetes camps offer unique experiences to campers in a camp setting. Campers learn critical diabetes self-management skills that can set them up for a lifetime of good diabetes management and often come to find — many for the first time — that there are others out there just like them.
"One of our goals is to help our campers see that they are not alone and that they do have a future despite the challenges inherent in having a chronic illness like diabetes," said,
Supporting Diabetes Camp Since 2001
Lilly Diabetes has a long history of supporting diabetes camps. Lilly is one of the largest providers of insulin donations and provides a broad range of programs and resources that help bring the camp experience to life for each child. New this year, Lilly is providing campers with bound journals that feature Freeman's story with personal photos and additional pages for campers to reflect and track important milestones at camp and at home.
"Lilly Diabetes believes that every child with type 1 diabetes should have the opportunity to attend a camp, and that's why we've continued to support diabetes camps through a variety of carefully designed resources, programs and product donations geared to the specific needs of the campers," said
Freeman's 2012 summer diabetes camp tour begins
For information about diabetes camps in your area, visit www.diabetescamps.org.
About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—to make lives better. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
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