Diabetes Summit Update

Did you know there will be rock climbing (and many other great activities during the youth program) at the 3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit? You won't want to miss out ... check our website for more information http://www.chrisdudley.org/?q=node/522


Order Your Blazer Tickets by October 21st!

PNDW Blazer Night Blazers vs. Nuggets Nov. 18th
Exclusive ticket pricing provided by the Blazers!

Chris Dudley Foundation presents Diabetes Awareness Game Night. Come help us celebrate PNDW as we cheer on the Blazers!


Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week - November 14-20

PNWDW: Founded by Chris Dudley Foundation and Novo Nordisk.
Mark your calendar for a week full of events to promote diabetes awareness and advocacy in the Pacific Northwest! The events kick-off on November 14 with our Circle in the Square to celebrate World Diabetes Day in Portland's very own Pioneer Courthouse Square. The week concludes with the 3rd Annual Diabetes Summit on November 20th. Check out all the week's activities: Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week.


Back to School!

The American Diabetes Association has helpful advice to share about heading back to school with diabetes.
Making a Plan
Back to School Checklist


Third Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit

Anyone who has type 1 diabetes or cares about someone with type 1 diabetes will not want to miss this day! November 20, 2010 promises to be a wonderful day filled with fun, learning and sharing. Visit our website for more information: www.chrisdudley.org


Camp, Day Three

Day three, Tuesday.
The morning greeted campers and staff with low clouds and cool temperatures once again. This did not last long, and a hot, breezy day has ensued. There are some sore muscles and a few turned ankles, but this camp seems to be filled smiles, laughs, and mutual respect between each camper. Team are now into their short season, and the atmosphere has begun to get very competitive. Campers have had a blast working in stations, playing games, and working on individual fundamentals of the game. Free time today consisted of tie dying T-shirts and an all-inclusive volleyball tournament. Today's volleyball games consisted of pool play, and the bracket for tomorrow's single loss elimination tournament has been created. Blood sugars and camper health still remain a priority for all staff here at the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. We are having a blast, and will keep you updated with new events as they unfold.

We are working on attaching pictures to this blog for you to view!


Camp Staff


Dudley Camp Day Two

Monday, Day Two

This morning started out very cool, foggy, and the feeling of a late September morning. After wiping the sleep out of their eyes, each camper was eager to start the day. Some fun games of BUMP and TIPS occurred before breakfast test and shots. Breakfast consisted of cereal, oatmeal, and some great tasting muffins. After breakfast was finished the campers participated in stations where the fundamentals of basketball were specifically reviewed and then practiced with instructional assessment and assistance.
Teams were then created and "game time" had officially started. At 11:10AM, the sun broke out of the clouds, making staff and campers pleasantly surprised. Free time from 2:30-4:30PM gave each camper the option to swim, shoot hoops, ride the slip and slide, and catch up on their text messaging. Mr. Chris Dudley himself has been present today, he even found time to make a few trips down the slip and slide. All is well at camp, and we look forward to creating some more great memories.

More soon!

Chris Dudley Camp Staff


Camp, Day One

Dudley Camp Day One,

As parents came to drop off their loved ones, staff eagerly awaited their arrivals. With a large number of new campers, the excitement of camp was in the air. It didn’t take long for old friends to become quickly acquainted. After each camper was processed and checked-in, some structured games and basketball related activities were offered. Dinner for night one consisted of hamburgers, French fries, potato salad, and a low sugar (of course) ice-cream bar, which the campers quickly devoured.
With the change of schedule and high level of activity, there have been many low sugar readings this afternoon and evening. Something that the wonderful staff here at camp are prepared to quickly handle. Have a great night and expect more to come tomorrow.

When T1000 (David Schafer) was asked about his first day he replied, “Today started out rough with a painful finger jam, but I am looking forward to the rest of camp”.

Goodnight from Cedar Ridge,

Dudley Camp Staff


2010 BBQ and Rib-Off - August 21st

Bring friends and family and join the fun to support Camp! It's our 3rd Annual BBQ and Rib-Off with great food, prizes and hot rods. Contact Karri Duncan for more information: duncanclan3@comacast.net. Please RSVP by August 10th: http://www.chrisdudley.org/?q=node/514


Celebrating our 15th Year of Camp!


August 5th, 2010
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vernonia, OR

Our first-ever Come to Camp Day will be a fun-filled and meaningful opportunity for friends, families, alumni, partners, sponsors and supporters to experience the "magic" that we call camp.


Chris Dudley Basketball Camp: Our 15-Year Anniversary!

Our first-ever Come to Camp Day will be a fun-filled and meaningful opportunity for friends, families, alumni, partners, sponsors and supporters to experience the "magic" that we call Camp.

August 5th, 2010
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
18062 Keasey Road, Vernonia, OR 97064

please RSVP by July 23rd joey@chrisdudley.org
Can't attend? You can join us in the celebration with a gift of $15 or a multiple of $15 in honor of our 15th Anniversary! Just go to the GIVE BACK icon on our website: www.chrisdudley.org

Hear from our panel members as they share their stories and encourage young people to always dream BIG!

Chris Dudley
CEO, Chris Dudley Foundation

Doug Burns
Mr. Universe

Pratt Rather
Team Type 1


Good, Clean Fun: A Car Wash Fundraiser

Giving back to a cause you believe in: it's rewarding and important work, but it can be alot of fun too!

Check out this great example of how you and your friends can directly help kids who have diabetes:

On March 17, 2010, Micaela, an 8-year camper of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp, held a car wash as part of her Senior Project. Her goal was to raise money to send a child to the Camp so they could have the same awesome experience she had each year while at camp. She organized a group of volunteers, made signs, and got all the supplies needed for the car wash. Although the weather was not ideal for a car wash, it turned out to be a huge success ... Micaela raised $500! Thank you, Micaela and friends for all your hard work in organizing this event; you did a great job!

Contact us at: http://www.chrisdudley.org/ for more ideas on hosting your own fundraiser.


May: People Who Inspire Us

Jackson, Kerry, Bev, & Ben

Joey Seber, CDF's Program Director, recently participated in an Oregon State University class, "Exercise for Chronic Disease Management". Students in this class are going for degrees such as teaching, medicine, and sports & medicine. Their current focus is on diabetes, and Kerry, the Associate Professor teaching the class, brought in a panel of people affected by the disease to share their experiences with the class and to participate in a Q&A session.

This was a great opportunity for future doctors, teachers and therapists to gain real-life insight into what it's like to live with diabetes. Here are a few of the panelists who inspired the students with their personal stories:

Jackson - he was diagnosed at the age of 10 with type 1 diabetes and went on a pump at 15-years-old. He was a chef in Portland and decided to go back to school at Oregon State to study Nuclear Engineering ... a great example of living active with diabetes!

Bev - is the mother of Kerry. Bev is a retired nurse and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 55. A piece of advice she gave the class was, when dealing with their patients or students, "to listen to them; they are very aware of their bodies."

Ben - was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a freshman in high school. He graduated from Concordia College on May 1st with a degree in education, and is currently a student teacher at Wilsonville High School. He has attended the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp since he was 14, and is now part of the Dudley staff. We are very proud of you, Ben!


April: Diabetes Happens

This month we want to to give a huge thank you to our friends at Diabetes Happens! Over the years, they have sponsored many campers, making it possible for kids with diabetes to attend our camp regardless of financial ability. Tyler Byrne and Mike Farrell, inspired by their experiences at the Chris Dudley Camp, co-founded the Diabetes Happens organization. They were campers for many years, and now are giving back in a big way to young people with diabetes.
"We're promoting a proactive, positive outlook on life with diabetes. We encourage everyone to not let diabetes hold them back. We believe you can get to a point where you can decide to be comfortable with the condition.
But you have to make the decision yourself - diabetes happens and I'm okay with it." -Tyler Byrne

Tyler Byrne & Ben Rue

Check out their website for a positive look at life with diabetes: http://www.diabeteshappens.com/DH/news.html

2010 - Chris Dudley Basketball Camp's 15-Year Anniversary!

The countdown has begun! In just over three months, the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp will celebrate its 15-year anniversary, and we're excited for the huge celebration that will take place for this momentous event! We are so pleased that this year we have 55 returning campers coming from all over the country; camp will represent over 20 states and Canada. Although preparation and planning for camp started months ago, we are getting busier each day making sure that camp 2010 will be one that our campers will never forget.

We hear all the time from campers who tell us how camp was a life-changing experience for them. This year is very special as we celebrate 15-years of camp. We have lots of exciting events in store for our campers and their families ... check back often for updates!

"Everyday, it amazes me that somehow, I am one of the few kids in the entire world that get to be a part of Camp. I used to wonder why I had to be the kid who got diabetes; now I wonder why I got to be so lucky!"
Kelsey - CDF camper for eight years


March: Who's in Control of Your Diabetes?

The Chris Dudley Foundation interviews teen Ben Paul after his successful descent into the Grand Canyon in 2009. Learn about how he was in control of his diabetes during this adventure:

March - Who's in Control of Your Diabetes?

What does it mean to be "in control" of your diabetes? It may mean taking proactive steps to be in control of your overall health; it may also mean having a sense of control over your attitude about diabetes. Sometimes one of the best things we can do to feel "in control" of something is to reflect on our personal attitude - are there positive steps we can take to make life more enjoyable? One positive step may be making sure to plan something fun into your schedule (see story below).

Here at the Chris Dudley Foundation, we get lots of stories from kids who have diabetes - they inspire us because they are choosing their attitude - the things they choose to do make their life enjoyable, fulfilling and very meaningful! They live full, active lives and when they hit an obstacle, they figure out a way around it. We want to share these stories with you and hope they help inspire you to live active as well!

Girls' Dudley Camp Reunion
Melissa, Kelsey and Megan live active lives! They met at Chris Dudley basketball camp and became fast friends. They choose positive things for their lives, including planning a fun weekend reunion in Seattle. Melissa's Mom says, "The Seattle sisters are like triplets and never would have met if it weren't for camp!"
Melissa, Kelsey & Megan in Seattle

Do you have a story you want to share with us? Send it to: info@chrisdudley.org


February: Baby Love - Welcome Baby Piper!

As some of you may remember from last summer, our very own Courtney Beall, Media Director, missed camp due to the arrival of someone very special!
Courtney and her husband, Sean, welcomed Piper Sue into the world on August 14, 2009 at 12:04 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 21 inches long. Mom reports that Piper is a very mellow baby who loves to look around and watch people. She also loves pink and the Oregon Ducks! We know you'll think she's as cute as we do ... enjoy the pictures and next time you talk to Courtney you can weigh-in on the Ducks outfit!

Piper loves pink

Courtney & Piper
Piper was a flower girl in her Aunt's wedding the very week she was born!

Hot Dog!

Cute as an Oregon Duck

Watch a video of Piper laughing at her Daddy's golf swing:


February: A look at friendships

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Helen Keller.

Having friends to share your life with is important ... when you're dealing with one of life's challenges, like diabetes, having a friend to stand by your side is a great source of strength. So, how does your diabetes affect your friendships? Can you share your experiences with a good friend? Check out one 17-year-old's story about her diabetes and the impact in has on her circle of friends:


JDRF WALK - 2009

February: A month to celebrate love and friendship!

How does diabetes fit into friendship, love and dating? This month, we'll take a look at what it means to love someone with diabetes. Check out what we found:

"Dating and Diabetes: He Said, She Said" - An insightful article by our own Chris Dudley and Chris Love-Dudley, addresses the question, "When is the right time to tell a date or boyfriend or girlfriend about your diabetes?"


"Love me, Love my Diabetes" - by Kerri Sparling, is an honest look at one woman's decision to openly share her diabetes with a new boyfriend.



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