MOUNT CARMEL - The newest effort by the St. Pauline Visintainer Religious Foundation to help children afflicted with diabetes will be "Camp Pauline," a day camp for diabetics that will launch next summer.

The foundation announced plans for the camp at the eighth annual Diabetic Dinner Saturday night at Lazarski's Banquet Hall, attended by approximately 140 guests.

The camp, for children up to and including those in their teen years, will be held at the St. Pauline complex, Chestnut Street (Route 61) in Kulpmont. It will enable children with diabetes to meet others with similar conditions while increasing diabetes management skills. It will also provide relevant information on diabetes nutrition, lifestyle and lectures by health care professionals.

"I see here miracles, people who have prayed for the

intercession of St. Pauline," said President Albert Visintainer during a speech.

Board member Bob Greco encouraged people to live healthy lifestyles by eating correctly and exercising more to avoid diabetes.

"We have to step up to the plate and fight diabetes," he said.

The diabetes staff will include a camp director, medical director, nurses, educators and a dietitian using a team approach to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all affected by diabetes.

The camp for the first year will be a day camp only, with the day or days specified by families or sponsors.

Scheduling will also be based on age groups of 7 to 12 and 13 to 17.

Included will be activities designed for the groups. More details on activities and services, as well as camp costs, will be listed in the information and registration brochure that will be available in early 2011.

"In the past, the St. Pauline Visintainer Religious Foundation has been most fortunate to receive financial assistance to send children to diabetes camp," the organization announced in a press release. "However, with the increasing number of diabetics, it is our belief that we can help more children with all the resources and assistance available to our organization."

The financial assistance received from the center has been from local donations, and from those outside the area who believe in the group's mission of helping children with diabetes, the foundation reports. The center has never received any funding from national or state organizations.

The foundation is optimistic that, through donations and financial assistance, it can subsidize a portion of the registration fee and help make a significant difference in the lives of children with diabetes.

Additionally, the Rev. Raymond Orloski, former pastor Holy Angels Church, Kulpmont, and religious adviser, presented Greco with a first-class relic of St. Maria Goretti to be displayed in the center.

The center will also be honoring Mother Maria Kaupas, who first set foot in Mount Carmel more than a century ago with the goal of helping her fellow Lithuanian immigrants. She later taught at Holy Cross School, educating Lithuanian children and helping to preserve their culture.

The not-for-profit organization is a member of the Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Shrines and Pilgrimage Apostolate. Its complex in Kulpmont is a spirituality center within the Diocese of Harrisburg.

(Any individual or organization that wishes to help the St. Pauline Visintainer Center by making a contribution is encouraged to call 373-3350 or write to St. Pauline Visintainer Center, 1150 Chestnut St., Kulpmont 17834.)