CoryPicCory Harter - Camp Director and Founder Camp Hot Shots, Inc.

I have had the opportunity to be involved with Camp Hot Shots for over 15 years. Our daughter Alyx was seven years old when my wife Chris and I sent her to her first camp. We stayed at camp that year and observed how much fun and excitement that the children were having and wanted to get involved. The next year we moved the camp to Platte River State Park and became the directors.   We are now a not for profit corporation and are recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) 3 non profit charity.

I have stayed involve with Camp Hot Shots for many reasons. The biggest reason is that I wanted to give something back to our diabetes community and the children that have diabetes today. There are many good charities to support but I wanted to support one that works in our community for our kids, where the money raised stays in our community. I am tired of hearing there is a cure around the corner and all we need is more of your money. I grew tired of raising money, writing a check and sending it to a black hole not really knowing how or where it was going to be spent.   No organization has really said, we care about the kids that have diabetes today, we want to give them opportunities to be involve with other kids to see that they are not the only ones that have to struggle daily with carb counting, checking blood sugars, ratios, insulin injections, highs, lows etc. etc. We want them to know that they can do whatever they want to as long as they take care of their self. We want to give them somewhere to go in a safe friendly inviting environment to learn these things in real life situations. Camp Hot Shots gives them that opportunity.

I also enjoy working with everyone involved with Camp Hot Shots. Many of our volunteers have been with us since the beginning. We have campers that are now old enough to be counselors; our staff has had many of their family members involved over the years. Alyx, now 23 and the reason we became involved is still volunteering. Our two other daughters that we have been blessed with since volunteering for Camp Hot Shots, Regan 11 and Mia is 7, have not missed camp since being born and it is something they look forward to each year. Camp Hot Shots is a family.

Chris Harter PicChris Harter - Camp Director and Founder Camp Hot Shots, Inc.

I have a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a M.S. in Health Education.  I worked for two large companies in Omaha for 20 years providing Health Promotion.  I now stay at home to raise my kids.

I have been involved with Camp Hot Shots for 15 years.  Since my husband and I attended the diabetes camp with his daughter Alyx.  We were nervous to leave so stuck around to observe.  While they were doing some good things, we knew that so much more could be offered.  We relocated to Platte River State Park, where we have been successfully running camp every since.

Our daughters Regan (11) and Mia (7) have been attending camp since they were newborns.  It is a part of our lives.  They call this their other home.  They know their diabetes facts and support their sister Alyx whole heartedly.  

We have loved working with the dedicated staff and volunteers for all of these years and the many wonderful campers and their families.  It is very rewarding to see smiles on their faces.

 

DrCorley

Kevin P. Corley MD

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

 

Medical Director Camp Hot Shots

cathy omalley pic1Kathy O'Malley RN, BSN, CDE

I am a BSN, RN and CDE and have been involved with Camp Hot Shots since it's inception in the mid 1990's. The original thinking behind this camp was based on what we perceived as a need for younger, newly diagnosed diabetes kids not quite ready (nor were their parents:) for the weeklong overnight camps offered. Camp began very simply with an afternoon in a nearby park with snacks and outdoor fun and games. This quickly became a hit and requests from parents to expand ensued. What evolved over the next 3-4 years was a collaboration between a few medical staff and a handful of patients' parents and is today's Camp Hot Shots. Camp Hot Shots has become highly anticipated each year not only by the campers but the crew staffing camp:) Camp now consists of 3 full days of education, friendship building and fun activities including horseback riding, archery, swimming, to name a few. We have been fortunate year after year to have former campers and/or their parents return eager to help with staffing camp.

On a side note: Soon after we started Camp Hot Shots, a medical clinic group in Hastings, NE sought out our input to begin what is now called Camp Hot Shots West to meet the needs of western Nebraska kids with diabetes. This Camp has been running successfully since that time.

pegstruebingPeg Stuebing PA-C, CDE

I have been a member of the Med Staff at Camp Hot Shots for almost 15 years. As a Physician Assistant I worked in family practice for 10 years before joining the Endocrinology Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. There my patients were primarily adults with Diabetes and other Endocrine Disorders. This was my opportunity to “specialize” in Diabetes and I was also in charge of the insulin pump program there. In 1999 I left the Med Center to work directly with pump patients as a clinical liaison to the sales team at Medtronic Diabetes. In this position I was able to work with all ages of people with diabetes and especially enjoyed my interaction with children and their families. So when an opportunity to join the team at the Endocrinology Department at Children's Hospital & Medical Center presented itself, I was fortunate to be chosen for that position. I am very pleased to be back in clinical practice. Pediatrics is so rewarding, though challenging, and I plan to stay here until I retire ~ though no time soon. I cannot, however, imagine ever retiring from Camp Hot Shots, so you can plan on seeing me at camp for many years to come!

I am married to Mike and we have three daughters Erin, Amy and Emily, one son-in-law Tyler, and we will welcome our first Grandbaby in April 2013. My family has also been involved in the diabetes community and has enjoyed visiting and volunteering at camp and other activities and events over the years.

jillskrabel1Jill Skrabal RD, LMNT, CDE

Camp Hot Shots has been a part of my life from the very beginning! As a nutrition student, I volunteered during the inaugural year, and have been the dietitian for Camp Hot Shots during the past 15 years. I currently work at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center as the nutrition specialist and coordinator for \children, and adults with rare, inherited metabolic disorders. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, I am also a consultant with several insulin pump companies and teach patients how to use their insulin pumps. Camp Hot Shots inspires me every year as I see children become empowered to manage and live healthfull lives with diabetes!

EmilyHollingsworth

Emily Hollingsworth RN, CDE

I am a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse and have been involved with Camp Hot Shots since 2002. I am a nurse at Children's Hospital & Medical Center and worked in the Diabetes clinic for 9 years.

I have enjoyed being a part of this camp and look forward to it each year. My main involvement with and during camp is to provide nursing support to campers, administering insulin, monitoring blood sugars, providing diabetes education activities and having loads of fun with the campers!

 

Molly

Molly Arant RN, CDE

 I have been a Registered Nurse since 2005 and a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2008.
I was inspired to become a Diabetes educator after my sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1996 at age 13. Like all families with a child with Type 1, this had a profound impact on our family.
 
I am privileged to have worked with Camp Hot Shots since 2011 and am enthused to help with the camp each summer.
I look forward to many more years working with the kids at camp as a camp nurse helping the kids with Diabetes cares, coordinating camp Diabetes education games and activities and helping them to realize they can still be a “regular kid” regardless of their diagnosis.
 
KiplingpicBob & Rosalie Kipling

I was diagnosed with T1D the day after digging out of the blizzard in January 1975.

Our Son, Elliott was diagnosed with T1D 20 years after my diagnoses at the age of 5.

Not an anniversary we cared to celebrate, however it did lead Rosalie and I to a fantastic organization, Camp Hot Shots.Elliott was one of the original campers and attended camp every year until he was old enough to become a counselor.

As Elliott made new friends through camp our daughter Allyssa decided she wanted to join the camp team and also became a camp counselor.

Camp has become a family affair, together we have been volunteers with Camp Hot Shots over the last 13 years taking on various activities. We enjoy the camaraderie CHS builds amongst its campers and staff and knowing the campers no longer feel they are alone dealing with this disease.

Jakez

 Jake Zimmerer

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and was introduced to Camp Hot Shots when I was diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of 7. My younger brother (also diabetic) and I were frequent campers and looked forward each summer to the experience.
Since the age of 15, I have continued to be involved with the camp, as a counselor for a number of years and now helping with the planning and operation of the camp, I graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2011 and now currently work full time as a civil engineer in Omaha.
 
I also coach a number of youth sports teams during the football and basketball seasons. The relationships and lessons I have built as a camper, a counselor, and now as a behind the scenes contributor have had a lasting effect and have allowed me to realize for myself as well as the current campers; that diabetes is more than just a disease that one struggles with individually, but a united community that experiences common struggles as well as a common goal.
 
I continue to look forward to camp every summer and hope that Camp Hot Shots can continue to impact the lives of kids living with diabetes for many years to come.