One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering at Camp Kudzu, she says, is the relationships she makes. She’s worked with some of the girl campers for nearly half a decade. Turner shares her phone number freely with the girls, who often call or text throughout the school year with problems or questions they’re facing.
When she’s not at Camp Kudzu, Turner offers service throughout the world. As a clinical missionary through her church, Turner participates in medical mission trips to Zambia, Israel and communities around the Sea of Galilee.
On the importance of a camp like Camp Kudzu:
“The skills we’re teaching these kids are skills they’re going to use for the rest of their lives. We show them they’re not alone. Depression is a huge part of diabetes; they go hand in hand. It’s a 24/7, 7 days-a-week condition, and you’re trying to keep yourself alive. Having Camp Kudzu lets them know what’s possible. They see people who’ve achieved great success and that diabetes hasn’t held them back. It’s a great motivation for them.”