13th Annual Evelyn Payne Memorial Benefit for Camp Sweeney, a Camp for Diabetic Kids, Scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014

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The13th Annual Evelyn Payne Memorial Benefit for Camp Sweeney, a camp for diabetic kids, will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cottonwood, 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018. Tickets to the benefit may be purchased at http://www.4diabetickids.org.

Continuing his mother’s legacy, Dave Payne will host the 13th Annual Evelyn Payne Memorial Benefit for Camp Sweeney on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cottonwood, 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for children who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend Camp Sweeney. Camp Sweeney is one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world, providing a residential camp for children with Type 1 diabetes. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.4diabetickids.org for $25.00.

This musical event features live performances from local Houston bands including Abigail Taylor, Dog Party Band, Honeyboy Nelson, QandA, and Whiskey Brisket along with food, beverages, a silent auction, and chili cook-off competition.

The benefit is held in memory of Evelyn Payne, who passed away from complications of diabetes. “My mom was one of Camp Sweeney’s first campers as a child. She continued to support the camp all her life,” remembers Dave Payne, Evelyn’s son.

JDRF (http://www.jdrf.org) describes Type 1 diabetes (T1D) as “an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells”.

According to the National Institutes of Health, each year, more than 15,000 children—approximately 40 children per day—are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the U.S. The prevalence of T1D in Americans under age 20 rose by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009.

About Camp Sweeney
Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1947 with the sole purpose of operating a residential camp for children who have diabetes. Camp Sweeney opened in 1950, under the direction of Dr. J. Shirley Sweeney, a Dallas endocrinologist, and has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 30,000 children.

After more than 60 years of operation, Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Campers learn to recognize and treat the early warning signs of dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. By coaching the skills necessary to maintain tight control of their diabetes, we are equipping this generation to minimize the complications of diabetes in hopes that they will be good candidates once the cure for diabetes is available.

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