Meet Marley Grimm and Jamie Goldman. These 2 have a lot in common – they’re both 14, have Type I diabetes and love attending Akron Children’s diabetes camp held every June at Camp Y-Noah. Both girls began attending camp at the tender age of 7.
“Every year I look forward to getting to see all my friends at camp and spending 4 days with them,” says Jamie. “I love feeling as though having diabetes is normal and I’m not different because I have it.”
Marley and Jamie developed a special bond with 2 other campers named Alivia Butterworth and June Hooper, and these 4 are inseparable when they get together.
According to Marley’s mom, Lisa, this group of girls has a special friendship that goes far beyond their shared diabetes.
“Our friendship is amazing,” adds Jamie. “We can talk to each other about anything and not be afraid to be judged or made fun of for it. When we get together outside of camp, there are so many laughs, and we just have a great time doing whatever, as long as we’re together.”
Camp Founder and Director Lisa Broerman, who is also the social worker for Akron Children’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, added, “One of the main goals of camp is exactly what is shared by these girls: the ability to meet others who can relate on a different level than their other friends and form these lifelong bonds. When we dreamed up camp 10 years ago, it was our hope to see these types of friendships develop.”
Check out some ‘then’ and ‘now’ pictures of the girls through the years.