In 14 Days Around the World: 80 children with diabetes and their "Doc Milek"
KiDS Course winning the 5,000 Euro 2 Place at the STAR FINE 2010, the Bayer Award for creative children diabetes projects
came after months of negotiations with the insurance company in June last the promise. Four weeks later, could the 8-year-old Niklas his suitcase to pack up and leave for an adventurous trip: In a summer camp in Brandenburg Schlaubetal he sipped tea in London England and was tasting American hot dogs. He made a safari through the Brandenburg "jungle" and sat around the campfire as the Indians. He listened intently to the stories creepy vampire from Transylvania and enjoyed swimming in the summer as in the Brazilian Copacabana. Together with 79 other children, Michael discovered the world in 14 days. The goal of his imaginative journey around the globe was the realization that "I can go across borders and create everything" - in spite of diabetes in the luggage.
Doc Milek and the "Company" KiDS
course organized for 19 years, the diabetologist Dr. Karsten Milek the KiDS-course, a two-week summer camp for 80 children and adolescents with diabetes. The idea comes from the days of East Germany, were as holiday camps for chronically ill children have a natural capacity of the health insurance. After the turn of the then Health Minister Regine Hildebrandt was to continue one of the camps and found in 1992 in the then assistant physician Milek a committed supporters. But in order to obtain the "Company" KiDS course on life, this had to overcome many hurdles from the start - and make today for a health insurance a lot of convincing. So take 80 children you must have established the diabetologist plan many details meticulously fill in every year, hundreds of health insurance applications, perform countless calls, write letters and parents courage award. But when it comes to "his" kids are Milek Doc, as he is known in these parts, not on. And because there are still some health insurance for the camp a "socialist experiment" hold, he shares with his wife, carried out the health scientist Dr. Susanne Milewski, even a study that supported the medical benefit. The course is KiDS Karsten Miłek "baby". For children and young people he dealt with each year's new about this mammoth project because, said the father of four children: "They are the most important and most honest group of patients and need our help in managing diabetes. For his commitment to the diabetes care in 2004 was awarded the Order of Merit on ribbon. Now he can look forward to a further assessment: 2010 was the KiDS-course with the second place of the STAR FINE Bayer Prize awarded for creative projects, childhood diabetes and a cash prize of 5,000 €.
"More than 1,500 children have been able to attend the camp and fill up a lot of courage, strength and knowledge for the daily use of the diabetes. The enormous personal commitment, organizational performance and the creativity behind the KiDS Course put, we have inspired, "says Claudia Geis, FINE STAR jury member and director of Bayer Health / Diabetes Care, the decision.
world traveler, Pokemons and Knights meet in the "MedPunkt"
17th July 2010, arriving in the hostel "Bremsdorfer mill in Brandenburg Schlaubetal: After a comprehensive intake interview also says goodbye to Niklas for his parents. For two weeks, the kids aged six to 16 years will be away from home - some for the first time in her life. Many of them have to learn autonomously and independently deal with diabetes. "Not every child is at the beginning enthusiastic about this idea, "said Dr. Karsten Milewski," crack but within several days, we all ". When KiDS course there are rules, compliance with which is the prime duty - especially when it comes to the disciplined adherence to the therapy. It supports and helps the children with a 26-person team of diabetologists, medical educators, diabetes consultants, dieticians and MTA. Your base station is the "MedPunkt" a kind of mobile diabetes clinic. Around the Clock, the counselors are here working around the camp to ensure the medical care that is comparable to a stay in hospital. "Catering to 80 children with diabetes at the same time, is quite a logistical challenge, "said Doc Milek. But this is not all. The program especially games, biking, tours, bonfires, matches and - almost unnoticed - and age-specific diabetes training. While the children learn through play, what's about to be over-and hypoglycemia, are among the great themes like "love, sex and affection" or "diabetes and drugs at a premium. The personal experience of children to exist in the community sporting and personal challenges, combined with intensive medical care - these are the success factors of the KiDS course. Each year the Project with a new creative theme instead. Thus, the children slipped into the world of knights, Indians or Pokemon. They lived in space and under water, celebrated the superstar or the mini-World Cup. Always at hand: Digital Fortress, the little devilish mascot, accompanied the children and young people in the past year - in their "journey" around the world. That each theme with imagination, fun and met a lot of life will make sure the many volunteers, some of whom are themselves former participants. As concerned they always have an open ear for the concerns of large and small kids and are important role models. The children and young people should see that in spite of the disease in every relationship can be successful.
After the course is before the course
Foreign countries, eventful trips and good food - a world tour together welded. And so went the big final party of the Kids in the course last summer, many tears of farewell. No later than the next KiDS course want to meet all again, then the camp on 20 Plays take place. Milewski and Doc? broke down the tents in Schlaubetal side, he again negotiated with health insurance, and fight with them for the young diabetic patients to an age-appropriate training outside the hospital. This 80 kids in 2011 may be as Niklas there when it says: Clear the ring for the "Diabolus Circus - Best of 20 Years Kids" course.
press release and image source: Bayer Vital GmbH, 01.21.2011