Founded in 1974, The Diabetic Children’s Foundation promotes the welfare of insulin-dependent diabetic children and their families. Each and every one of us unequivocally yearns for a cure. Nevertheless, the daily constraints imposed on children by diabetes drive us to do our utmost to give them the all the necessary tools with which to live a full, well-rounded life and to take precautions against long-term complications still all too often related to Type-1 diabetes.
The discipline and constraints required to maintain a good control over diabetes demand a great deal from diabetic children and their loved ones: multiple, daily insulin injections; daily blood-glucose tests; a regimented, balanced diet; not to mention constant vigilance against symptoms of low or high blood sugar (hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, respectively).
The Foundation also subsidizes Camp Carowanis (formerly The Quebec Camp for Diabetic Children), encouraging children and teens with diabetes to thrive by offering them access to the unique programs of a specialized camp for diabetic children where fresh air, sports and fun are to be had while learning how to control diabetes. The camp also offers parents a much-needed respite from diabetes. Camp Carowanis also offers a Family Weekend program whereby families with children too young to attend camp can spend a weekend outdoors and the parents attend various workshops provided by doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other health professionals.
Last but not least, the Parents’ Committee holds bilingual information sessions and hosts social events and benefits focussing on mutual aid and exchanges for the parents and siblings of diabetic children. Issued three times per year, the free ‘Contact Parents’ newsletter also constitutes an important information tool.