This year for the 2019 Kicking for Causes fundraising event at Rocky Silva’s American Karate, we will be partnering with the Camp Surefire Foundation. Camp Surefire provides educational programs and camping sessions for children and teens with Type 1 diabetes. The mission of the Camp Surefire Foundation is to support, manage, and develop programs for Camp Surefire, Rhode Island’s only camp for children with Type 1 diabetes; to create a community of learning about diabetes between campers and their peers, counselors, and medical staff; and to promote the development of life-long skills and relationships which will minimize the impact of diabetes on participant’s lives.
Millions of people around the world live with diabetes or know someone living with diabetes. The majority have Type 2 diabetes, but an important minority have Type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes). In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a critical hormone which regulates sugar levels in the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, individuals with Type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives. Camp Surefire allows children living with Type 1 Diabetes to safely participate in an overnight camp experience with their peers. Volunteer counselors and medical professionals work around the clock to help campers manage their blood sugar and administer their insulin. While at camp, children have the opportunity to feel “normal” and be part of an extended family who understands their daily challenges.
This year we are excited to introduce our “Kicking Diabetes: Martial Arts to Support children and teens with Type 1 diabetes” board breaking fundraiser which will be held at Rocky Silva’s American Karate on Saturday June 22nd 2019. Thousands of boards will be available for a recommended minimum donation of $10 per board. Sponsor a board in support of the Camp Surefire Foundation, RSAK, family members, friends or simply to rally behind an important philanthropic opportunity. Boards may be decorated and commemorated the day of the event at RSAK in honor of those who have donated. When you arrive on June 22nd, the instructors of Rocky Silva’s American Karate will assist students and families in their breaking of these honorary boards. The day will also include other exciting activities including music, food, games, educational classes, raffle prizes for kids and adults and much, much more. Together we can raise funds for a great cause, all while having fun and making some breakthroughs! This year’s goal is to raise more than $40,000. All donation forms can be downloaded at: KickingforCauses.org/Resources