Survive and Thrive Boot Camp at Camp Nejeda

Berrie Center Co-Director Robin Goland, MD recently returned from a visit to the woods of Stillwater, New Jersey at Camp Nejeda, where summer camp and other programs for children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families have been in session since 1958. Dr. Goland, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, was part of a special summer program for adults with T1D and gave a research update to the participants.

“It was a wonderful program,” said “Dr. Goland. “90 adults with T1D from all over the country came to learn and bond. The conversation was highly interactive and interesting. Among other things, I talked about the NIH TrialNet study and how it’s working to prevent T1D. I also talked about ongoing clinical trials in T1D at the Berrie Center and elsewhere and why there’s so much reason now for hope and optimism.”

Dr. Goland’s talk was part of the “Survive and Thrive Bootcamp” weekend for adults (ages 21 and older) with T1D. It offers a balance of relaxation and fun with intense interactive education designed to empower adults with T1D. The weekend includes a line-up of speakers who are knowledgeable about living with diabetes as an adult.

“Dr. Goland wowed everybody,” said Cathy Rowe from Maplewood, NJ, an adult camper who has had T1D for 40 years. “It was very encouraging to hear about what is going on in diabetes research.”  Cathy, who has two children in the TrialNet natural history study, “Pathway to Prevention Study”, including an 18-year-old who has been participating since he was a toddler, added, “Dr. Goland did a great job of explaining the value of TrialNet and how parents with T1D can be proactive about potentially preventing or delaying the onset of T1D for their children.”