Impact Gainesville is a charitable organization run by the University of Florida’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health honor society. Our mission is to improve health care provided to the Gainesville community by raising funds for three local non-profit organizations throughout the year: the Florida Diabetes Camp (FDC), the Climb for Cancer Foundation (CFC), and the Mobile Outreach Clinic (MOC).
During the Fall terms, Impact Gainesville fundraised for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes (also known as the Florida Diabetes Camp). The Florida Diabetes Camp provides an inclusive camp experience for juveniles with Type 1 Diabetes, hosted several weeks and weekends throughout the year within Florida. The organization seeks to provide a fun, safe environment for kids diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes to learn about their condition together. During their time away at camp, they are taught a range of lessons from dietary education to glucose monitoring and more. Through education, these children have the opportunity to learn that they are not alone in their fight against Type 1 Diabetes. In this supportive environment, the campers can gather the self-confidence to live normal, healthy lives with their autoimmune disease. Counselors within the camp carefully monitor glucose levels, aid with adjusting insulin doses, and round with doctors to ensure that each camper has the ability to have a fun, safe week away from home. By actively checking glucose throughout the day and night, Florida Diabetes Camp ensures that all campers are risk-free while providing them the opportunity to enjoy swimming, kayaking, archery, and other exciting recreational activities.
Through our philanthropy, we seek to show others what a great IMPACT individuals can have on the local community!