On the morning of October 22, 2018, 20-year Wagner-Smith Equipment Co. employee Steven Campos received a call no parent ever wants to get. His son, 16-year-old Gabe was being rushed to the hospital.Gabe had been living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) his entire life, insulin dependent and doing his best with managing the disease as an active teenager. One of Gabe’s favorite things to do was play a round of golf and learn from his dad, Steven.
April 2019 marked the first "Golfing for Gabe" charity tournament, and the tradition continues. The 2020 Tournament will be held October 3 at Southern Oaks Golf Course in Burleson, Texas, with a goal to raise $15,000 for Camp Sweeney. Camp Sweeney is located just north of the DFW area in Whitesboro, TX. Each year, they provide 3 weeks of fun, fellowship, medical education and lifestyle enhancement to kids ages 5-18 living with T1D in the form of a summer camp. The length and intensity of these sessions are the reasons campers obtain successful diabetes management. A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes changes the life of a child forever. Days filled with school, sports, and activities are quickly replaced by blood tests, insulin injections, and carbohydrate calculations. Every step required to manage their diabetes is a step away from what children see as “normal.” But at Camp Sweeney, Type 1 diabetes is normal. And when diabetes disappears, every camper can show what makes them special, not what makes them different.
For more information on how you can get involved, email Tournament Organizer, Becky Mullins @ [email protected]. Sponsorship packages sell out quickly, so act now!
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