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July 3, 2013

Lions help send girl to camp

PRESTON — The Preston Lions Club recently donated money to send a local girl to camp.

The club donated $200 to Elsie Thomson, daughter of JT and Melinda Thomson, to attend Camp Hertko Hollow this summer. Elsie will be away from her family for the first time in her life to attend this camp designed specifically for children with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

Elsie was diagnosed with Type I diabetes six years ago at the age of 19 months. Since then she has been subject to daily pinpricks, shots and carb counting. Until now, Elsie hasn’t spent the night anywhere other than with relatives who know how to take care of her. Although she is nervous about the thought of being so far away from her family, she is very excited to go to camp, especially since she will be bunking with her friend, Ava Petersen from Maquoketa, who also has Type I diabetes.

Camp Hertko, located north of Boone, provides an educational and recreational camping program for Iowa’s youths between the ages of 6-18 who have diabetes. The camp promotes diabetes management skills to gain independence and a positive attitude for controlling diabetes.

The Thomsons have been very active promoting JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) throughout the years by participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, which is held at the Niabi Zoo. In the past six years participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, the Thomsons, with the generous help from family, coworkers, community, and friends have raised more than $18,000 as Team Sweet Pea.

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