OneTouch(R) Laugh & Learn Sweepstakes to Award Scholarships for Summer Camp Experiences to Children with Diabetes

Thirty Grand-Prize Winners Will "Laugh for a Week and Learn for a Lifetime"

Apr 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from LifeScan, Inc.

    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 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
 no charge.
     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 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
     AW# 091-619A

SOURCE LifeScan, Inc.