FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Mary Ellen Dixon
Date: November 1, 2016
Walmart Foundation Awards Southeastern Diabetes Education Services $25,000 Grant to Support Camp Seale Harris
Birmingham, Ala. – Southeastern Diabetes Education Services (SDES) has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund Camp Seale Harris diabetes education camps & community programs for children with diabetes.
SDES is a Birmingham based non-profit organization providing medically-supervised, fun camp experiences and family connections to year-round support that helps children and families fight diabetes every day. Formed in 1949, SDES educates, encourages and empowers more than 600 children with diabetes each year in 12 camp sessions and 8 community family support activities held in 9 locations throughout Alabama.
Rhonda McDavid, Executive Director of SDES – Camp Seale Harris, said “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that children cannot prevent, will not outgrow, and there is no cure. The Walmart Foundation grant will assist Camp Seale Harris in providing critical education, support and hope to children throughout Alabama. We are so thankful for the Walmart Foundation’s generosity.”
At Camp Seale Harris, children and families become part of a community of support where they are not alone, because everyone understands diabetes. Children learn from volunteer health professionals and peer counselors that people with diabetes lead healthy lives by managing medication, healthy nutrition and physical activity. They learn the skills to avoid devastating complications including blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.
“The Walmart Foundation could not be more pleased to support the important work the SDES does to support children and families dealing with the effects of Type 1 diabetes,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs for Alabama. “The Walmart Foundation’s mission is to help improve the lives of people in the communities our stores serve – and that’s exactly what the SDES is doing every day.”
The Camp Seale Harris Programs include overnight camps, day camps, family camps and community family support events, located throughout Alabama. For more information on receiving services or donating see CampSealeHarris.org.
Camp Seale Harris (CSH) began in 1949 and is administered by Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The mission of SDES/CSH is to educate, encourage and empower children with diabetes and their families to live well. CSH is a founding member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association and accredited by the American Camp Association. No child is ever turned away. For more information on SDES/CSH or how you can support our community efforts, please visit campsealeharris.org or call Mary Ellen Dixon at (205) 402-0415.