Archery, swimming, crafts and a private show from an American Idol finalist turned Nashville recording artist? At this year’s Camp Tanager Diabetes Camp, it’s just called “Wednesday.”
Season nine American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox will join an expected group of 120 campers at this week’s Diabetes Camp to spend a day with attendees partaking in normal camp activities, as well as hosting a performance and Q&A/photograph session.
So how does a singer/songwriter with a trio of studio albums to her name wind up spending the day with a group of children in eastern Iowa? She actually has more in common with them than you might think.
Just like this week’s campers, Bowersox lives with type 1 diabetes. This summer she’s teamed up with Lilly Diabetes as a Camp Care Package ambassador. Since the package program began in 2001, Lilly has donated over $33 million in insulin and other medicines, as well as over $700,000 in scholarships to participating camps.
In addition to her performance, Q&A and photograph session, Bowersox will share with campers about living with type 1 Diabetes and how she manages the condition on top of her life as a professional musician.
Diabetes Camp provides children with a chance to meet and be inspired by other kids who face the same challenges of living with type 1 Diabetes with a goal of building self-confidence in each camper. This year we’re happy to provide a chance for kids to also be inspired by a new role model who’s faced those challenges head-on.
Tanager Place and Camp Tanager are thankful to Lilly Diabetes for sponsoring Crystal Bowersox’s time with the campers.