To many children and families' summer means just one thing—camp! For kids with diabetes this rite of passage would not be possible without camps like American Diabetes Association (ADA) Camp Discovery at Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City, Kansas. ADA Camp Discovery helps children learn how to manage their diabetes through diet, exercise and insulin injections while attending the weeklong, residential summer camp.
For more than 25 years, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Wyandotte #87 in Kansas City, along with the Willsey family, has sponsored a bowling tournament to benefit children attending the ADA Camp Discovery. CVS Caremark colleague Shirley Willsey Lyons, a Pharmacy Technician with the Prior Authorization team in Lenexa, Kansas, and her twin sister Sheila, are co-chairpersons of the Annual Diabetes Bowling Tournament.
“My mother, Doris, took over as chairman of the tournament after my father died several years ago. Now my sister and I carry on the tournament in memory of our father,” says Shirley. “The greatest compliment I ever received came from the director of the American Diabetes Association in Wichita who told me ‘my father would be so proud.’ I was very close to my father and just the thought of him beaming with pride made me cry.”
To provide even more support for this cause, Shirley applied for a CVS Caremark Volunteer Challenge Grant, a program offered to CVS Caremark colleagues to help support the nonprofits where they regularly volunteer. The grant helped fund the ADA Camp Discovery and the Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.
“The tournament and the Challenge Grant mean so much to the fraternal order, the ADA and my sister and me,” continues Shirley. “We love spending the time together bonding, talking about dad and planning next year’s bowling tournament.”
CVS Caremark Volunteer Challenge Grants are made possible by the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and provide financial support to hundreds of nonprofits each year.