updated: 12/22/2011 1:20:45 PM
Chicago Bears quarterback and Santa Claus native Jay Cutler has donated $25,000 to help start a diabetes camp in southern Indiana. It will be held in June at YMCA Camp Carson in Princeton and will be open to children with Type I diabetes.
December 22, 2011
Evansville, Ind. - Jay Cutler, Santa Claus, IN native and quarterback for the Chicago Bears, has donated $25,000 through the Jay Cutler Foundation to help start the first-ever diabetes camp in the Tri-State. Rebecca Winsett, PhD, a Nurse Scientist with St. Mary’s, was in charge of a similar camp in Mississippi, and saw the need for one in Southern Indiana. She approached YMCA Camp Carson about partnering to develop the camp, which will be held at Camp Carson this summer. Cutler made the donation when Winsett, along with teens and the Executive Director from Camp Carson, attended a Chicago Bears game in early December.
"Our Foundation is very happy we could help and support Camp Carson in starting the first diabetes focused camp in Southern Indiana, where I grew up,” Cutler said. “Bringing the Camp Carson crew up to Soldier Field and meeting the directors and some of the kids that will be involved with the camp was a great way to kick off our involvement with the project."
The camp is scheduled for June 10th- 15th for children ages 9 through 12 who have been diagnosed with Type I diabetes. For these children, it can be difficult to attend other camps because they need help managing their insulin. A specialized camp also gives them a chance to interact with other kids who are going through the same thing.
Source: St. Mary's Health System