Cory 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.