WMC Foundation to send youth to Camp Hertko Hollow
For the eleventh year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation is offering camperships for area youth between ages 8-17 to attend Camp Hertko Hollow, an Iowa camp for kids with diabetes. The campership program is offered thanks to donations from the Calmar Corvette Club and gifts from generous donors to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation Diabetes Education Fund.
Camp Hertko Hollow was founded in 1968 with 37 campers by Dr. Edward Hertko of Des Moines. The camp has grown to over 360 campers and 120 staff volunteers each summer. Jean Irvin, RN and diabetes educator at Winneshiek Medical Center, says, “The week-long camp provides youth the opportunity to interact with and befriend other kids with diabetes – relationships that encourage social and emotional growth –while learning more about their disease.” She adds, “Kids can participate in traditional camp activities with others just like them.”
The camp is staffed by physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and students of these professions, making it a safe and healthy environment for each camper. Irvin says, “Early education on how to manage diabetes greatly increases the likelihood these youth will make a life-time commitment to healthy diabetes care. Kids that go to camp will gain the tools to better manage their disease through adulthood.”
Camp Hertko Hollow runs two sessions: Kids week (ages 8-12) is from June 28 – July 4, 2020 and teen week (ages 13-17) is from July 5 – July 11, 2020. Camp is held in Boone, Iowa.
Area youth with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) are encouraged to apply for a full campership to Camp Hertko Hollow ($650 value) for the 2020 season. Application packets are available at Winneshiek Medical Center, through school nurses at all Winneshiek County schools, Winneshiek County Public Health and the Decorah Public Library. The application is also available at www.winmedical.org/giving.
Applications should be returned to Winneshiek Medical Center Nutrition Services and be postmarked by February 7, 2020. For more information, call 563-387-3156. To partner with the WMC Foundation to continue funding for the Diabetes Campership Program, call 563-387-3129.