Several members of the Downeast Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently made the trip up Route 1 from Machias to Cary Medical Center to make a $1,000 donation to Camp Adventure.
This is the third year the Washington County Downeast Chapter has had a Charity Ride Event to raise funds for Camp Adventure.
Camp Adventure is a week long summer camp for teens with Type 1 diabetes that provides campers the opportunity to hike, camp, canoe, bike, kayak, swim and participate in other outdoor activities while helping them with monitoring and self-management of their diabetes. "The goal of Camp Adventure is for campers to have fun while learning that diabetes doesn't control you, but that you control diabetes," explained Camp Coordinator and Cary Certified Diabetes Educator, Erica Ouellette, RN, BSN.
Celebrating its 20th year, Camp Adventure was held this past June at Baptist Park in Mapleton.
"We started our Charity Ride Event about six years ago originally donating our funds to the American Diabetes Association," explained Club President Keith Albee. "But we wanted to find something local to support. After doing some online research we found information about Camp Adventure and decided that's what we wanted to ride for," he said.
Keith's wife Susan, also a club member, has Type 1 Diabetes, so their fundraising efforts have a special meaning to all those participating.
The national Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club was started in 2004 and is comprised of active and retired members of law enforcement, the military, emergency services and public safety professionals who enjoy riding motorcycles.
For more information about the Downeast Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club visit their Facebook page, or visit defendersmc.com
For more information about Camp Adventure please call the Cary Medical Center Diabetes Education Office at 498-1283 or e-mail Ouellette at
Several members of the Downeast Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently made a $1,000 donation to Camp Adventure, a week-long summer camp for teens with Type 1 Diabetes sponsored by Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services, with the help and support from many community organizations and corporate sponsors. Riding from Machias to Caribou on a sunny October fall day and presenting the donation to (center), Camp Coordinator Erica Ouellette, RN, BSN, CDE, are Defenders Club Members, (l-r), David Garrison, vice-president; Keith Albee, president; Susan Albee; Albert Alley, major; Joe Bartlett, treasurer, and Hal Mulholland, secretary. This is the third year the club has held a charity ride to benefit Camp Adventure.