Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (DYFI) was formed in 1989 to
support, educate and encourage children and teens with Type 1 diabetes.
The not-for-profit organization helps hundreds of children and teens
every year through a summer, residential camping program; family camp
weekends; day camps for children ages 5-8 and through teen adventure
trips and weekends.
In the fall of 2005, DYFI purchased a camp in
Noblesville, Indiana. The camp, “Camp until a Cure" is the only camp in
Indiana owned, designed and operated specifically for the needs of
children and teens with Type 1 diabetes. The camp is accredited through
the American Camp Association.
In 2009, the DYFI approved an
evolution of their sole strategic focus on children and teens with
diabetes to a broader focus on children with medical, behavioral or
other special needs. This change in focus was designed to leverage the
Camp Until a Cure asset to provide a greater number of special needs
children with the opportunity to enjoy a traditional camping experience.
The organization is run by one full-time employee, two
part-time employees and more than 80 medical volunteers from throughout
central Indiana. The camp medical director is Dr. Andy Riggs, Director
Pediatric Endocrinology, St. Vincent Children's Hospital.
The camp and outreach events are open to any child or teen in Indiana.
What We Do:
Camp Until a Cure provides children and teens with special needs, who
could not otherwise attend a traditional camp, a camping experience
where they are encouraged, educated and supported. The ultimate goal of
Camp Until a Cure is better physical and emotional long-term health for
The Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana believes that through Camp Until a Cure:
♦ A child or teen with diabetes or other medical, behavioral or
special needs should not be denied any opportunity because of their
♦ A child or teen with diabetes or other medical,
behavioral or special needs should not be held back, but rather
challenged to do the things that a child without special needs can do.
Children and teenagers with diabetes or other medical, behavioral or
special needs benefit from a support system that helps them manage their
condition or disease.
♦ Children and teenagers create a support
network where they encourage and motivate each other to manage the
complexities of living with diabetes or other medical, behavioral or
♦ Campers develop interpersonal and social skills and are given the opportunity to make new, lifelong friendships.
♦ All of our programs should be open and available to any child in need, regardless of their ability to pay.