In a world filled with daily battles against autoimmune diseases, the Johnson family stands as a shining example of resilience. Matthew and Brandi, along with their young children, Sophia (4) and Brayden (7), were introduced to a life-changing opportunity: the chance to attend Children’s Harbor’s very first Type 1 Diabetes(T1D) family camp. Their story is one of strength, courage, and the remarkable power of community. Journey with us as we share how the Johnsons, amidst the storm of autoimmune challenges, discovered an oasis of support, friendship, and hope at Children’s Harbor.
“With three of the four of us living with T1D and multiple other health conditions, we’re not financially able to go on vacations, so when we were given the opportunity to attend camp at no expense to us, it was truly an answered prayer. The Lord knew, as a family, that we needed time away from our daily lives to relax and recharge. It was a bonus for Sophia to make new “dia buddies” who “just get it.” Those are friendships and memories to last a lifetime!” -Brandi Johnson
The Johnsons treasured their time at camp, and they especially loved making new friends who were also struggling with T1D. Together, they supported each other through difficult times and created lasting bonds. One particularly touching moment was when Sophia saw her new “dia buddy” upset while trying to take his injections and immediately ran to hold his hand. It was a beautiful and unforgettable moment that showcased the power of friendship and empathy.
In addition to attending camp, Sophia participated in the Champions for Our Children game on October 7, where she was matched with UAB football player Taven Curry. Sophia was thrilled to meet Tavon at practice and loved cheering on UAB at the game while watching Tavon honor her with her name on the back of his jersey.
“Ever since we stepped foot at Children’s Harbor, it has been like family to us! The days can be hard, but those moments and sparks of joy at camp and on event days that Children’s Harbor always creates gives us new motivation and reminds us to keep our faith strong and push forward to help others.” – Brandi