Lions Club Donates To Camp Onyahsa

From left to right include Diane Nelson, Camp Onyahsa DirectorJon O’Brian, Steve Maggio, Lions Club President, Laurie Marucci, and Angelo Cimo. Submitted photo

Diabetes, especially childhood Type I Diabetes, has become a growing concern over the past few years. Lions Club International has added diabetes education to its framework dealing with vision, health, environment, hunger, and pancreatic cancer. The Jamestown Lions Club has taken its first step to help children with Type I Diabetes by donating $200 to Camp Onyahsa. Lions members met and had dinner with the children and support staff. For the last three years Camp Onyahsa, under the direction of Jon O’Brian, has dedicated one week to children ages 8-14 diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.

Many children, as well as adults, do not realize how childhood diabetes can be managed.

The camp named Yowidica (Youth with Diabetes Camp) offered a one week overnight session (June 24-30) emphasizing diabetic care and management for these children. They were monitored by a registered Diabetes-care nurse, a dietician, and two University at Buffalo medical students.

Fifteen Type I children attended with about 75 other children thanks to the generous sponsorship of Univera Healthcare.