step out walk to fight diabetes

Step Out - Walk to Stop Diabetes

REGISTER NOW - search for Upstate, and join any Upstate team - and help support the ADA's Summer Camp* for kids!


A walk to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Enjoy a morning of fun, prizes & exercise with your family, friends & colleagues. 1, 2 and 3-mile routes available. Every step you take and every dollar you raise helps provide education programs in our community, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.Team Upstate was the top team in 2009, 2010 and 2012!

HaynesYour dollars help support the ADA's Camp Aspire* - an acronym for “Always Sharing Priceless, Inspirational, Rewarding Experiences”.

2013 Youth Ambassador Izayiah Haynes is walking on Upstate's' Caribbean Dolphin' team - 10% of money raised will help offset Izayiah's camp costs next year!




Saturday, October 19, 2013

9 am - Check-in
9:45 - Team Photo
10 am - Walk Begins


Green Lakes State Park - get directions
Fayetteville, NY

How to Register

Register ONLINE NOW - click on 'join a team', click on 'register', 'team name' - search for Upstate and choose any Upstate team!

*About Camp Aspire

Camp Aspire is held at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, New York, only 15 miles from Rochester, NY. The camp is located on 133 acres of land in a rural setting, including modern year-round cabins, an Olympic size swimming pool, nature trails, athletic fields, and a fishing pond. Some of the activities include, rock wall with zip line, arts and crafts, drama and music, photoshop and a splash pad! The main goal of the program at Camp Aspire is to allow the campers the ability to feel at ease and “accepted” in a community where having diabetes is the rule, not the exception. The campers learn to understand diabetes and the process of self-management, under skilled and continuous medical supervision. It is the hope of the staff, that these children go home feeling more self-confident, self-reliant and having gained the knowledge they need to live successful, full lives with diabetes. We want them to be able to say, “I went to camp and had fun!” Many of these children come to camp not knowing any other people with diabetes, especially other kids like themselves. There are friendships made, which quite frankly, last a lifetime!

From Upstate pediatric endocronologist Irene Sills:

"When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, her or his life suddenly changes and has to include daily blood glucose tests, insulin shots, and carbohydrate counting.  Socially, being different from one's peers takes a toll in self confidence and self esteem. Diabetes camp is the one place where a child with diabetes can both take excellent care of her/his health, learn about living with diabetes from peers, and have fun without any feeling of being different.  Children and adolescents who have had difficulties adjusting to this chronic disease have repeatedly proved how valuable diabetes camping experiences are for them.  They have left camp better able to integrate diabetes care into daily life and succeed at school and with friends.

I have been involved in camps for children with diabetes for my whole career.  Nothing has taught me as much about living with diabetes as has my experience with these children at camp.  This is definitely a mutually beneficial experience and I am so happy that you have so enthusiastically agreed to help us continue this important community experience for all of us."

For more information

Tammy Blackburn 464-8880
Thelma Jack 464-9250
Paul Stasior 464-5725



750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Main Campus Phone:
315 464-5540

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315 464-4000

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315 464-8668