Type One Parent Project (TOPP) Foundation is a Bucks County nonprofit founded in 2016 by three mothers who each have a son with type one diabetes (T1D). Their mission is to develop a supportive community for local families dealing with the daily challenges of living with T1D and raise funds supporting efforts to find a cure.
TOPP is pleased to announce that they will once again be providing need-based camp scholarships for children and teens living with the daily challenges of T1D. TOPP Camp Scholarship Program will help defray the cost of Camp Freedom, a specialized one-week residential summer camp for children and teens with T1D.
Children with T1D are often unable to attend overnight summer camp because their disease requires 24-hour attention. While there are specialized camps for T1D children that provide the necessary medical attention, TOPP understands that the medical costs of T1D can be daunting and a specialized diabetic camp can be a further financial hardship.
TOPP will be issuing a limited number of scholarships. The application period begins on February 1st. Interested families should submit an application by May 15th (application deadline). The application can be found at www.toppfoundation.org.
Camp Freedom, run by the American Diabetes Association, provides much more than necessary medical attention – they provide children with T1D the opportunity to be a kid, have fun, and experience independence. Kids do not have to feel “different” from their peers at these camps. They learn self-reliance, self-confidence and other skills to help them live long, healthy and successful lives.
Because experts are onsite 24 hours a day to provide medical attention and care, parents can feel confident letting their children go away to camp. TOPP recognizes this is often the first time parents feel comfortable leaving their child and one of the few times parents can have a much-needed respite from diabetes-related worries.
In many ways, these camps can be the best medicine for kids with T1D. Kids experience a traditional summer camp experience in a medically safe environment while developing social skills, self-respect, and lifelong friendships. Many campers return every summer and eventually become counselors, helping others in their journey with this disease.
To request additional information about TOPP, contact them at P.O.Box 622, Furlong, PA 18925.