PARK CITY, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teens are learning important life skills at the annual “Kids Rock The World" (KRTW, http://www.kidsrocktheworld.org) events on Friday, April 30, 2010 at Jupiter Bowl and Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the National Ability Center (NAC) in Park City, Utah.
These innovative programs, designed to promote courage and confidence, allow children with diabetes to learn how to overcome mental and physical challenges.
Bowling Night allows older teens to meet others going through the same challenges, as well as participate in team building activities.
The Ropes Course event is an outdoor exploration where participants use ropes, cables, and a climbing wall to work creatively as a team to overcome obstacles. The adventure builds self-esteem and trust as participants develop supportive relationships through teamwork and shared responsibility, qualities that have particular relevance for the management of diabetes.
To Learn More or Enroll, please visit www.kidsrocktheworld.org/signup.html
“Children can overcome the most difficult challenges,” explained Aimee Greenholtz, founder of KRTW. “They just need the tools. That’s what we are teaching here at Kids Rock The World. In addition, they find out they are not alone in the world by meeting others going through the same trials.”
Twenty type 1 and type 2 teens ages 16-18 years with diabetes from the Salt Lake City and Park City areas will bowl off against each other at Bowling Night. Enthusiastic counselors and facilitators from the NAC, as well as a diabetes doctor, will be on hand all evening to ensure the safety of children. Dinner will be served as kids strike up conversations about what it means to deal with this illness.
At the Ropes Course event, 50 type 1 and type 2 kids ages 11-15 years - also from the Salt Lake and Park City area - will be led through this one-day program by counselors trained in diabetes. Special guest speakers/athletes who have overcome their own challenges are planned. A diabetes doctor and EMT will be at KRTW all day. Morning and afternoon snacks, as well as lunch, will be served. One week before the event, parents and kids are invited to attend an orientation to meet the staff and learn more about this day.
Both events cost $10. To enroll visit www.kidsrocktheworld.org.
KRTW was founded by Greenholtz in Los Angeles in 2001 and served southern California children from Santa Barbara to Long Beach. The program, held at California State University, Long Beach and sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, was an annual event with kids from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Orange County, Miller Children’s and Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
These annual programs are now sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Salt Lake City and KeyVive, a diabetes lifestyle management company. Bowling Night is debuting for the first time in Park City with the KRTW Ropes Course event coming back after being introduced in Utah last year.
Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin - the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder, resulting from the body's inability to make enough or properly use insulin. A growing number of children and adolescents are developing type 2 diabetes - a form of diabetes that is generally diagnosed among adults. Type 2 is now in epidemic proportion.
Teens face a number of issues when diagnosed with diabetes, including fear, guilt and anger: fear that they will be judged and considered an outcast; guilt in dealing with parents who want to manage their child's disease; and anger at having to eat differently, test their blood sugar throughout the day and take medication or insulin daily.
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease, which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in FY2009.
The National Ability Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides recreational and therapeutic activities for people of all ages and abilities. The Ability Center offers more than twenty adaptive programs throughout the year including horseback riding, alpine and Nordic skiing, cycling, and sled hockey. Learn more about the NAC at DiscoverNAC.org.
KRTW is a 501(c) 3 Utah-non-profit organization. KRTW is dedicated to the empowerment of young teens with diabetes and focuses on promoting courage and confidence so kids don’t let diabetes stop them from living a life they love.
For more information about KRTW, please visit www.kidsrocktheworld.org.