Oct 17, 2022
The Michelle Mcgann Fund Announces Grant To Camp Buck
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 Buck, a 1-week overnight camp experience exclusively for children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes hosted by the Nevada Diabetes Association. The camp scholarships (a/k/a “Camperships”) covered nearly 50% of the cost for ten children to attend Camp Buck during the 2022 summer session.
“It is so important for children with type 1 diabetes to have the opportunity to be kids. We are so excited to have partnered with Camp Buck to help 10 campers have an unforgettable summer experience,” said Michelle McGann, Founder of The Michelle McGann Fund. “Camp Buck is doing critical work to help these children and we hope to continue to support their mission.”
Children that attend Camp Buck get to take part in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, music, dance, friendly athletic competitions, swimming, paddle boarding, and much more. The week-long camp is held each year at the University of Nevada 4-H Campsite in Lake Tahoe. The campers are exclusively comprised of children and teens with type 1 diabetes who might otherwise not be able to go to camp due to the complexity of diabetes management. Campers, which range from ages 7 to 17, come from Nevada and Northern California. The camp is overseen by the Nevada Diabetes Association. The financial costs can be a large burden for families, with 70-90% of attendees applying for financial assistance. The camp offers financial aid to eligible individuals and Nevada Diabetes Association has a policy to never turn a child away from attending camp because of a family’s inability to pay. The Michelle McGann Fund, along with The RZ Hawkins Foundation, Nevada Gold Mines, and other generous donors, helped to alleviate the financial stress for campers and their families.
“Camp Buck was really fun. There were kids just like me there”, explains Landon, age 6!
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.