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OneTouch(R) Laugh & Learn Sweepstakes to Award Scholarships for Summer Camp Experiences to Children with Diabetes
Date:4/11/2008

Thirty Grand-Prize Winners Will "Laugh for a Week and Learn for a Lifetime"

MILPITAS, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company and the maker of OneTouch(R) Blood Glucose Meters for people with diabetes, has announced an online sweepstakes that will offer an opportunity for kids with diabetes to attend a diabetes camp for free this summer. The OneTouch(R) Laugh & Learn Sweepstakes, which runs through May 20, is available at http://www.DiabetesAndKids.com and offers 30 Grand-Prize winners a weeklong stay at a diabetes camp(1) of their choice, selected from a list of camps certified by the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. An additional 1,000 second-prize winners will be given a OneTouch(R) UltraMini(TM) Blood Glucose Meter in their choice of color at no charge.

Each year, more than 13,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In addition, the percentage of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the U.S. has significantly increased. Before 1994, it accounted for less than 5 percent of all newly diagnosed diabetes cases in children, but subsequently it has come to represent 30-50 percent.

According to the American Diabetes Association, attending a diabetes camp is important for these children, because such camps help to promote greater self-confidence in managing diabetes, as well as personal independence. Certified diabetes camps, located across the country, allow children to enjoy all the regular fun of summer camp, while meeting other kids with diabetes. They also offer parents some much-needed time off from their own duties in the daily management of their child's condition.

"We're pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for kids with diabetes to attend summer camp," said Charles Renfroe, Director of Global Education and Professional Relations, LifeScan. "These camps offer valuable experiences as they provide a
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