MILPITAS, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeScan, a Johnson &
Johnson company and the maker of OneTouch(R) Blood Glucose Meters for
people with diabetes, has announced an online sweepstakes that will offer
an opportunity for kids with diabetes to attend a diabetes camp for free
this summer. The OneTouch(R) Laugh & Learn Sweepstakes, which runs through
May 20, is available at www.DiabetesAndKids.com and offers 30 Grand-Prize
winners a weeklong stay at a diabetes camp(1) of their choice, selected
from a list of camps certified by the Diabetes Education and Camping
Association. An additional 1,000 second-prize winners will be given a
OneTouch(R) UltraMini(TM) Blood Glucose Meter in their choice of color at
Each year, more than 13,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with
Type 1 diabetes. In addition, the percentage of children diagnosed with
type 2 diabetes in the U.S. has significantly increased. Before 1994, it
accounted for less than 5 percent of all newly diagnosed diabetes cases in
children, but subsequently it has come to represent 30-50 percent.
According to the American Diabetes Association, attending a diabetes
camp is important for these children, because such camps help to promote
greater self-confidence in managing diabetes, as well as personal
independence. Certified diabetes camps, located across the country, allow
children to enjoy all the regular fun of summer camp, while meeting other
kids with diabetes. They also offer parents some much-needed time off from
their own duties in the daily management of their child's condition.
"We're pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for kids with
diabetes to attend summer camp," said Charles Renfroe, Director of Global
Education and Professional Relations, LifeScan. "These camps offer valuable
experiences as they provide a safe and nurturing environment that allows
kids to laugh, jump, play and participate in normal childhood activities,
helping them realize that diabetes doesn't have to keep them from the fun
of being a kid."
Lorne Abramson, Executive Director of the Diabetes Education and
Camping Association, agrees and affirms the value of camps for kids with
diabetes. "Diabetes summer camp truly is a wonderful experience and can
help children with diabetes lead healthier and happier lives through good
diabetes management," he said. "We are delighted that LifeScan recognizes
this and is making available these opportunities to make the dream of
attending diabetes camp a reality."
The camps are staffed by an onsite medical team as well as by trained,
caring counselors, many of whom have diabetes themselves. Providing skills
and experiences that will last a lifetime, the camps teach kids about
nutrition, personal management and development, safe participation in a
wide range of physical activities, and blood glucose monitoring and insulin
Parents or guardians who are 21 years or older and are U.S. citizens
may enter the OneTouch Laugh & Learn Sweepstakes on behalf of their
children with diabetes that are 17 years old or younger. Entries can be
submitted by visiting www.DiabetesAndKids.com and completing the required
registration information. They will then be automatically entered into a
random drawing. There is a limit of one entry per person and per e-mail
address, and entries must be submitted before midnight on May 20, 2008 to
be included in the drawing.
Winners will be selected on or about May 30, 2008 from all eligible
entries, and will be notified by mail.
LifeScan, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company and a leading maker of
blood glucose monitoring products, is dedicated to creating a world without
limits for people with diabetes. For healthcare professional resources, and
information on diabetes care and LifeScan products and services, visit
(1) With a value of up to $1,000
SOURCE LifeScan, Inc.