May, 2015 Edition 
Chris Dudley Basketball Camp - 
20 years!
Can you believe it has been 20 years of CDBC??  We are working on reunion plans for this summer either at camp or shortly after camp.  Are you interested?  If so, please send an email to 
so we have an idea how many to plan for.  More details coming soon.

May Day - 
Flowers for Diabetes All Around the World
Yes, even diabetes can become floral art! In her piece, "The Flower of Diabetes" London artist Odra Noel presents a new, ascetic view of pancreatic cells. While in India, researchers note the hibiscus flower could hold help for diabetes; and in Israel, they are looking at plants in the Mediterranean Basin that could provide assistance. 
Mother's Day
May 10
Hugs are always welcome! 

Mom & Dads of Type 1 Diabetics 
On this Facebook page, Moms and Dads can find other parents to commiserate and celebrate with over the trials of their type 1 kids.
Snappy Comebacks Or...
People are generally well meaning, but every now and then they say the wrong thing about your child's diabetes. As a mom of a t1d kid herself, Amy Tenderich on Diabetes Mine shared some humorous and instructive guidance about these sensitive situations.

Emma Watson & Mom's Diabetes

British actress Emma Watson shares that her most inspiration role model is her mother who lives with type 1 diabetes.

Food Choices & Diabetes
One mom finds that choosing "real food" helps her son control his t1d while Mother Earth shares on natural ways to combat Type 2.

Being a T1D with Twins? 
Piece of cake! Um, well, it's actually quite a bit of work, but so worth every minute of it; and completely doable, even with diabetes! Read more

Beat the Bridge
May 17, Seattle 
Join Nordstrom's annual Beat the Bridge run and/or walk in Seattle to raise money for diabetes!

Recipe of the Month: 
Cinderella's Dream Come True Coffeecake

Nutritional Information:
Serving size: 1/8 of cake
Calories - 249
Total Carbohydrate - 38 g
Protein - 7 g 
Fat - 7 g 
Fiber 2 g
Carbohydrate Choice 2 1/2


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Our Joannie  
What bonds like superglue; is strong like a superhero; and yet more irreplaceable than your grandmother's hand-painted antique china?

Why Joannie Kono of course!
Joannie is There...

"Camp would definitely not be the same without Joannie, she is the GLUE."  ~ Joey Seber 
Let's face it, Camp could not run without her. Going on her 20th year, Joannie is there every summer for the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp and Foundation! Her priority and pride lies in providing and maintaining a safe environment for the entire extravaganza. She and her team of nurses administer and document all medical needs, supplies and care simultaneously for dozens of youth and staff. The "master" of pumps, she even spearheads all diabetes staff training prior to campers' arrival. Her role is equally indescribable and indispensable due to the amount of preparation and on-the-go time. The exhausting and unlimited amount of hours Joannie devotes to Camp are unfathomable!

Joannie Gives...

"They say that everyone is replaceable, but truly Joannie isn't."  ~ Joey Seber 
Joannie is constantly giving to others; she has made such an impact on so many lives. A Diabetes Educator at Oregon Health Science University at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center, Joannie is also a Registered Nurse, holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has been the Medical Director at Camp since Camp's inception. Quite serious when it comes to diabetes self-care, she stays abreast of the latest and current diabetes technology. She willingly and generously shares her knowledge, kindly translating overwhelming jargon into easily understood terms. She is the ultimate teacher; even Chris Dudley turns to her to glean the latest tips, trends and supportive advice. (Believe it or not, Chris is continuously learning more himself and self-educating about diabetes!)

Joannie Cares...

"We love her and want her to know she is OUR role model." ~ Joey Seber 
Joannie's thoughtfulness, selflessness and caring for others bring tears to one's eyes. Her years in the field have taught her that the "faces" of diabetes are precious and many, and she savors each of her interactions. She expresses overwhelming love for kids, passion for seeing them succeed and takes delight in their happiness, and even their silliness at Camp. (Seeing her traverse the slip n slide is a moment not to be missed!) 
She consistently puts others before herself, without even realizing how respected and revered she has become. It is clear that Joannie loves Camp just as much as every camper; and in return, we all love Joannie.

Happy Mother's Day and thank you Joannie

Where Are They Now?...  

Sarah Chang 


Have you wondered what your favorite counselor does for their day job? Or, perhaps you've lost touch with a CDF pal and would love to know what they're up to. Search no more! You can find out here in the alumni spotlight "Where Are They Now?"... Oh, and please remember to email and let us know what you are up to so we can feature YOU too!


1. How many years did you

 attend camp and what was the last year that you attended? 

I'm not positive, but I think my first year was 2001. I sadly only got to attend a couple years because of a foot injury that ended up preventing me to play sports all together. I want to say that 2004 was my last year at camp.  


2. What is your favorite camp memory? 

There are so many amazing memories, its hard to chose just one! The first time I heard Lucky Few by Tyler would have to be my ultimate favorite. His song brought me (and my friends) to tears that night. It completely captures the feeling of camp. I recently saw that he added to the song a few years ago, which if you haven't heard you definitely should. Click here!   


3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 

One of the most eye opening things I learned at camp was how the insulin pump works. I knew about it but never thought kids got them, I was always worried about it getting tangled or how much of a pain it would be to play sports with (which it isn't). I saw kids my own age using the pump and loving it. 


4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 

I have a lot of past campers on Facebook and talk to them every once in a while. I love catching up with old friends and seeing what they are up to or talking to others about diabetes. Feel free to say hi, ask me about camp experiences, or just to chat randomly! 


5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 

Don't be afraid to open up. Camp allowed me to be myself and I learned a lot about who I am. I realized at camp that Diabetes doesn't define me. Go to camp with an open mind and leave all your worries at home :) 


6. Tell us about yourself since your camper days...did you attend college and where...are you working...are you you have children...anything else you would like to share.

Wow, well camp was over ten years ago so there's lots to tell. The spark notes version would be:
- I graduated high school in 2008
- Started college at the Art Institute of Portland a month later
- Graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts focused on Graphic Design 3 years later
- Now I work at a small marketing and web development agency creating marketing materials from Intel
 - I also do freelance with some past clients being Nike,     Born Again Pitbull Rescue, and Rebuild Together. 
 - I just bought my first place last year :)  
- I do metalsmithing on the side for fun
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