In partnership with the highly respected nonprofit, Indo Jax Surf Charities, Riding On Insulin is beyond stoked to announce our first-ever surf camp in Summer 2019.
The three-day surf camp for ages 7-17 will take place at Morro Strand Beach in Cayucos, California on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 30-August 1. There will be surf sessions all three days from 9 AM - 12 PM.
Register and get more details here. The cost for the 3-day camp is $250. You can fundraise your camp fee here.
All equipment, including surfboards, wetsuits and life vests are provided for this event.
Indo Jax is the absolute best at what they do, teaching disadvantaged, medically fragile, special needs and, very soon, T1D kids and teens, how to surf. This is Indo Jax's first time teaching T1D kids how to surf, which is where ROI comes in. We will have Sean Busby, Dustin, as well as a few coaches there to join in on the fun and provide the very important T1D mentorship role.
The camp takes place at Morro Strand State Beach near Cayucos, California. It's smack dab in the middle of Southern California and Northern California, meaning no more than a four-hour drive for families. There is a nice campground right on site and plenty of lodging options nearby. Please see the "Make it a vacation" page for more lodging details.
Indo Jax believes that the ocean, and learning to surf, has profound healing properties and can build self-esteem. They have seen that children who take part in their surf camps inevitably move from a feeling of skepticism and reluctance around the ocean to empowerment and confidence, giving them the sense that “If I can surf, I can do anything!”
There is also a campground right on site. Cayucos is a four-hour drive from the Los Angeles area and about 4.5 hours from the San Francisco area.
Please email Dustin@RidingOnInsulin.org with any questions.
When a person living with T1D faces burnout, or gets frustrated and overwhelmed by the disease, all we need to jumpstart our "betes battery" is a little inspiration from an unexpected place, or a reminder the T1D community is a tight-knit family.
When I spoke with the founders of a nonprofit called Type 1 Willpower, located in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, they provided me with the jolt of inspiration I needed, both personally and professionally.
Type 1 Willpower was founded by an inspiring young person living with T1D, named Will, and his parents, Shaun and Joe. Just four years after diagnosis, Type 1 Willpower has already achieved 501(c)(3) status, started its own Turkey Trot, and donated more than $35,000 to various organizations, including $2,775 to ROI for five winter camp scholarships in 2019.
Read below for more about Type 1 Willpower from co-founder, Joe Oliver. Sean and I are super stoked to meet the family very soon in the Poconos to kick off the 2019 season.
William’s father, Joe, writes “William was diagnosed December 8, 2014 at the age of 4. He is now 8, turning 9 in February. His story is like many others. William started exhibiting many of the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes. His mom Shaun noticed and we took him to the doctor. Shaun caught it early, so his BG was "only" in the 400s at diagnosis. He is currently an Omnipod and Dexcom user.
In September 2016, we participated in a 5K to raise money for JDRF. On the drive home from the race, William asked, "Why can't we have a 5K in Mountain Lakes to raise money for Type 1 diabetes?" We then went to a jazz concert in NYC that had a $10,000 fundraising goal. William saw the event had raised $6,700, and told me that we only had to donate another $3,300 for them to reach their goal.