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Camp JADA Offers Summertime Recreation For Diabetic Kids

American Diabetes Association

It’s a chance for children with diabetes to develop confidence, bond with other kids and have fun!The 27th annual Camp JADA, a program of the American Diabetes Association, will take place next week at the Bolles School. 

"First and foremost, it's a camp," said Dr. Larry Fox, medical director with the Northeast Florida Pediatric Diabetes Center. "It's a chance for kids to be kids, and have fun while not worrying about managing their diabetes."

Local mom Tracy Milligan is sending her son to Camp JADA this summer. 

"It's so wonderful for him to have this time, and be with other kids like himself," she said. "And as a mother, I know I don't have to worry about his shots or his diet. They have it all taken care of."

The camp offers swimming, crafting, and running relays. Campers also learn about nutrition, exercise, insulin, and blood glucose monitoring.  

Camp JADA medical staffers are on hand to administer necessary medical care. Blood testing and insulin administration are also conducted under certified medical supervision.

The camp runs from June 9-12 and is open to children aged 6 to 12. To learn more visit

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.