Please join us in recognizing the contributions of our friends who have given so much to the diabetes camp community. 

In Memoriam 2020-2021

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Camp Hamwi

Willard Fernald, MD

Willard "Will" Fernald, MD was a constant in the Ohio diabetes community.  He was a professor at The Ohio State University as well as a member of the staff of Nationwide Children's Hospital while also managing a private practice.  He volunteered his services for many of the Ohio Diabetes Association's first 50 years; serving as a Board Member of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.  He touched countless diabetes campers as the founder and medical director of Camp Hamwi.  He served during World War II in Guam with the Army Air Corps and he was married to his wife Bette for 60 years prior to her death in 2008.  

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Camp Discovery

Richard Guthrie, MD

Dr. Richard Guthrie, a beloved friend in the diabetes camping community, passed away on June 1st. We who knew him appreciated his compassion, dedication and wealth of knowledge. His journey in diabetes camping started many years ago and continued for decades. His guidance was a shining light to DECA in our early years.
Although he served "grown up" children primarily in his practice, his greatest love was for the children. It was the children who were there for him when he diagnosed himself with diabetes while at camp. They surrounded him as he gave his first insulin injection, encouraged him, and told him that he would be okay.  Dr. Guthrie was known world wide as a leader in diabetes care. He was the first Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the newly established University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita.
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Camp Hertko Hollow

Edward Hertko, MD

Edward Hertko, MD was the founder of Camp Hertko Hollow in Iowa.  Ed was a man of faith, passion and action. As he would tell all when asked about his interest in diabetes, he believed God called him to Iowa to care for those with the disease that his mother and many relatives experienced. When he moved to Iowa in 1960, few resources were available to those suffering with diabetes. In 1963, with the help of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Dr. Hertko started the first diabetes support groups in Iowa which, subsequently became the Iowa Diabetes Association in 1968. As an affiliated program of the Iowa Diabetes Association, Dr. Hertko created a camp for children with diabetes. The first four camp sessions were held at the 4-H Camp in Madrid, Iowa. It was temporarily called Elm Camp. The campers from the first session voted to officially name the camp "Camp Hertko Hollow" in honor of Dr. Hertko, founder of the camp. In 1972, Camp Hertko Hollow moved to the YMCA Camp in Boone, Iowa where it has been held ever since. In 2003 Camp Hertko Hollow separated from The American Diabetes Association and began operating as an independent nonprofit organization. In 1981, he and Iowa Methodist Medical Center opened the first outpatient education center (CIDEC) in Iowa. Ed was instrumental in getting an Iowa law passed to require insurance companies to offer outpatient education in policies. He will be forever remembered by thousands of children and adults with diabetes as their champion providing them with hope and the tools to live healthy productive lives.