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Juvenile Diabetes Camp Kicks off in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A summer day camp for children with type one diabetes kicked off Tuesday morning.

Kids from the Tri-Cities are getting to not only learn more about what it means to have type one diabetes, they are also getting the opportunity to connect with other kids who share the same diagnosis.

Now in its second year, the camp has 34 participants ranging from seven to 14 years old.

"The biggest benefit is that they are not alone that there's other kids that have the disease and interacting with them. Most of the kids test their blood sugar eight to 10 times a day. They're having to apply insulin into their bodies after they eat," said Camp Co-Founder, Forrest Alexander.

The camp continues to help local kids thanks to a huge donation from Hapo Community Credit Union.

The kids are taking part in many activities including soccer, swimming and arts and crafts. They are also doing team building exercises, and connecting with their peers and mentors through their shared experiences.

The camp will continue through Thursday.

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