American Diabetes Association Northern IL Camps

Carolyn Swords and Le’coe Willingham Spend Time at ADA Camp

As part of the Sky’s partnership with ADA and Sanofi US, Sky players, Carolyn SImagewords and Le’coe Willingham, hosted a Dribble to Stop Diabetes basketball event for a 140 campers attending the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) overnight camp at the YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. The week long camp is designed to allow kids with diabetes to have a good time in a safe environment and meet other kids that they can relate to.

Carolyn and Le’coe spent time running basketball drills, basketball relays, answering questions for the inquisitive campers and signing autographs. Le’coe also shared with the kids how her dad has diabetes and how she understood the daily struggles that they face.

Be sure to join us on August 21st for our ADA night. To purchase tickets click here and enter the Promo Code: ADA. For each ticket package purchased $5 will go back to ADA and you will be entered into a drawing to win lunch with Coach Pokey Chatman.

Click here to see the ADA camp video.



INGLESIDE, Ill. (CBS) – A summer camp in the far northern suburbs exposes kids to more than just fun and games, it’s also about learning to live a healthy life with diabetes.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports Camp Triangle D in Ingleside has been a summer tradition for the American Diabetes Association for 63 years.

Beach time is always fun time at summer camp, but at Camp Triangle D, kids have to put away their insulin pumps before hitting the water, because all the campers have diabetes.

One camper said Triangle D has taught her “that diabetes doesn’t slow you down.”

At Camp Triangle D, before kids eat in the dining hall, they get their blood sugar levels checked.

At counseling sessions, they vent their frustrations about dealing with the disease.

Olivia Rochon said she’s no longer ashamed of being diabetic.

“I don’t hide my pump anymore. I used to hide it when I first got it, but now I don’t hide it, because it’s now an accessory,” she said.

Whatever the kids are doing – whether it’s boating, swimming, or working the ropes course – medical staffers are always right there with them, because safety is just as much a priority as having fun.

“We have a ratio of one medical staff member to 10 children, and they are monitoring their blood sugars, their insulin doses, what they’re eating,” said camp nurse Laurie Diasio.

But, mostly of all, the kids at the camp learn they aren’t the only ones battling diabetes, and the disease doesn’t have to limit their future.

Cooper Reif said, “you can do anything with diabetes, as long as you can manage it correctly, and camp has been able to get me to manage it correctly.”
Camp Triangle D serves 140 children between the ages of 9 and 13.

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Campers learning about diabetes during one of our daily education sessions!

If you have not yet turned in a photo for your camper please send it to Megan at or by mail at:

American Diabetes Association
Attn: Megan Johnson
55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 3420
Chicago, IL 60603

Our office will be closed from Friday at noon until Tuesday, May 22nd. Staff will be working from home on Friday and Monday so please reach out to us by email if you need anything. Staff emails are listed here:

Both of our overnight camps, Teen Adventure Camp & Triangle D Camp currently have wait lists.  Please email Megan at to find out how to be added to our wait list for either camp.

2 of our 3 day camps currently have wait lists, Camp Confidence and Camp Discovery. Camp Can-Do is still open and accepting applications at . If you would like to find out how to be added to the Camp Confidence or Camp Discovery wait list please email Megan at

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