At the age of 6, her life changed forever when she was diagnosed with diabetes. She didn’t immediately know what that meant, but the realization that the rest of her life would consist of finger pricks and monitoring her sugar level was a hard one. After attending Camp Roaring Sun though — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s camp for patients with diabetes — Dayana is meeting other kids who can relate to her experiences and learning more about living with diabetes. The camp helped her feel like she could participate in activities she previously believed she wouldn’t be able to, and in her words, to feel normal. This year, Camp Roaring Sun was supported by the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors (MCYA), and several of the members also volunteered at the camp.
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