As a Internal Medicine resident at Northwestern University, Dr. Floyd Rogers observed a young child pass away from ketoacidosis. A short time later, he saw another child live and thrive after taking the new Canadian miracle drug, insulin discovered in 1923. Dr. Rogers was so impressed with these results that when he started his private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska, he developed a special summer program for diabetic girls on his farm.
Over the years, this simple idea has grown into a powerfully positive summer camp experience for over 100 children each year. Campers are now given more than life saving education about diabetes, insulin and nutrition. A primary goal of the camp experience is to develop responsibility and positive attitudes while establishing confidence and a sense of security. Staff and campers serve as positive role models, who help teach a proper balance of insulin, diet and activity.
Camp Floyd Rogers offers young people an opportunity to share some of life's adventures with others who also have diabetes. Through the bonds formed at camp, positive diabetes management is emphasized in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. When campers leave CFR, they know more about themselves, how to cope with diabetes, and they realize that they aren't as alone or as different as they once thought.