Sex And The City actor Willie Garson is currently volunteering at camps for children with Type 1 diabetes.
The 45-year-old actor – who played Stanford Blanch on Sex and the City and has appeared in over 50 films, including “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich” and “The Rock” – is lending his time to Camp Joslin in Charlton (a boys’ camp) and the Clara Barton Camp (a girls’ camp) in North Oxford, Mass. The Barton Center for Diabetes Education runs both camps.
Along with his 8-year-old son, Nathan, Garson is undertaking a wide range of responsibilities at the camp – he does everything other staff workers would do, ranging from being responsible for one of the cabins to washing dishes. Several years ago, he attended a fundraiser for children with diabetes and wanted to help. He found that volunteering at camp was a good way to stay involved and to expose his adopted son to volunteering. Neither he nor his son have diabetes.
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education is one of the largest, independent camping and educational program in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and the people who care for them. The Barton Center, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2007, is located at the birthplace of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The Barton Center is a year-round camp, retreat, and conference center where learning and shared experiences combine to support and motivate children and families. Some 1,500 children and their families participate in its programs annually, including the Clara Barton Resident Camp; Adventure Programs; Family Programs; Fall, Winter, Spring Programs; and Day Camps in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
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