Midlothian, TX: Any parent will tell you that all they want for their children is for them to be healthy and happy. But what happens when one or both of those don’t come naturally? What happens when you rush your unresponsive 10 month old to the hospital? What happens when the doctors and nurses tell you his blood sugar is 965 and he is in a diabetic coma? That he will be dependent upon man made medicine to survive for the rest of his life? Any parent will answer, “You do what you have to do.”
For the first 5 years of his life Dorian’s parents have done just that: multiple blood sugar checks a day, insulin injections, carb counting, all the things necessary to keep him alive. They have kept him physically healthy, now they have to keep him mentally healthy; studies show that type one diabetes doubles the risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. As a 6 year old boy, he wants nothing more than to have fun and fit in, but life has other things in mind. He wants to be able to run and play without explanation of why he must stop to check his blood sugar or what being low feels like. He wants to be in a place where he is considered normal. May 2017, Dorian found that place in Camp Sweeney.
At Camp Sweeney, Dorian was able to fish, zip line, swim, rock climb, skateboard, paintball and more without explanation of his diabetes. He was able to learn about how to manage his diabetes with education, he was able to find kids just like him. But most of all, Dorian found his home away from home. When asked why he loved Sweeney so much he said, “I like that all the kids are diabetic like me, and that I can swim all day. I signed up for swimming every week.” Sweeney is truly where “Friendships begin and never end.”
October 14, 2017, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, the Crunchy and Sweet Shop and Stroll with Quarter Auction will be focused on one thing; getting Dorian back to Camp Sweeney in 2018. At 10AM, vendors will gather from around the DFW Metroplex to share their products. The quarter auction will begin at 2PM for a chance to win some great deals, just in time for the holidays. The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to participate in the quarter auction must purchase a paddle, for $5 each. Paddles are available in advance for a discount at the events website – http://www.crunchyandsweet.com/events .
About Dorian: Dorian is a 6 year old Midlothian resident. He has been type one diabetic since he was 10 months old. Since then Dorian has endured approximately 10,226 finger prick and 3,741 needle injections. His favorite color is orange and he considers himself a ninja.
About Camp Sweeney: Camp Sweeney is a 501c3 non-profit camp for Type 1 diabetics located in Gainesville, Texas. The camp founded in 1950 by Dr J Shirley Sweeney, and to date has helped over 35,000 campers lead a full and productive life despite their diagnosis. All medical and dietary needs are met by the camp as part of tuition. Studies have shown that just 1 session at Camp Sweeney return measureable diabetic results in diabetic control. Each of the three summer sessions is 19 days. The 2018 session tuition is $3600, a $100 increase from last year.