Oct 25, 2022
The Michelle Mcgann Fund Announces Campership Grant To Camp Fitch
The Michelle McGann Fund, a 501c3 charitable organization supporting children and families affected by a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, proudly announced today a “Campership Grant” to Camp Fitch, an overnight camp experience integrating diabetic and non-diabetic campers run by the YMCA. The camp scholarships (a/k/a “Camperships”) covered 100% of the cost for ten children to attend Camp Fitch during the 2022 summer session.
“Camp Fitch is unique in that they serve both diabetic and non-diabetic children, while offering a specific program for campers with diabetes,” said Michelle McGann, Founder of The Michelle McGann Fund. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Camp Fitch to help 10 campers with diabetes have an unforgettable summer experience. We hope our grant will assist Camp Fitch in carrying out their vitally important mission.”
Camp Fitch, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, is run by the YMCA and is held each summer in North Springfield, Pennsylvania. Campers age 6-16 get to take part in a variety of activities including swimming, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, arts and crafts, rock climbing, archery, mountain biking and much more. The camp also has STEM and tech focused options as well including working with computers and aerial drones. Camp Fitch runs in week-long sessions and offers a campers with type 1 diabetes, who might otherwise not be able to go to camp due to the complexity of diabetes management, a specific program catering to their needs, The financial costs of camp can be a large burden for families, with 15% of Camp Fitch attendees receiving financial assistance. The Michelle McGann Fund, along with other generous grants received by Camp Fitch, helped to alleviate the financial stress for campers and their families.
“Thank you so much for donating to Camp Fitch YMCA. We have so much fun each year so we really appreciate,” commented a camper named Larkin.
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition. In this condition, the pancreas makes little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone the body uses to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. Different factors, such as genetics and some viruses, may cause type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults too. Even after a lot of research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. Treatment is directed toward managing the amount of sugar in the blood using insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.
McGann, is an 8-time winner on the LPGA Tour and one of the most recognized faces in women’s sports. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, Michelle has been a and a staunch advocate for diabetes research and education. She founded The Michelle McGann Fund to promote awareness, education, and support for children (and their families) facing a new diabetes diagnosis.
About The Michelle McGann Fund
The Michelle McGann Fund’s mission and purpose is to empower families with the support and education they need to ensure a health today and tomorrow for their child with type 1 diabetes. The organization was founded by professional golfer Michelle McGann, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at thirteen years old. Having dealt with the struggles of managing an active lifestyle alongside diabetes, she created the Michelle McGann Fund to help others who were facing similar struggles. The Fund uses generous donations and grants to assist healthcare programs, facilities, and individuals dealing with type 1 diabetes. The Fund directly provides current and future support for children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes via education and grants. For more information please visit https://themichellemcgannfund.com.