MANKATO, MN- Mayo Clinic Health System has given Camp Sweet Life (CSL) a $10,000 grant to help youth and adults battling Type I Diabetes.

The money comes Mayo's "Hometown Health Grants", which are geared toward community–based health and wellness programs.

90 youth campers are expected to attend this year's camp (August 12-16), which would mark the highest turnout Camp Sweet Life has ever had.

The additional currency will serve to reduce costs for campers, so they can focus on enjoying their five–day stay at Camp Patterson according to the executive director.

Executive director Rene Maes says "Thanks to Mayo for believing in Camp Sweet Life. We're celebrating our 8th year of providing Type I diabetes care for kids and young adults. The money and the grant that we wrote is to help us keep the cost of camp down."

Before boys and girls make the migration in August, Camp Sweet Life will be hosting a Sweet Ride fundraiser on June 23rd, beginning at 9 a.m. at Dave’s River Valley Harley Davidson on Hwy 169 in Mankato.

Motorcyles, bicycles, vehicles, or anything that has the ability to cruise are welcome to join.   

The route will be as follows: Mankato to Hobber’s (St. Peter), to Rapid Rick’s (Nicollet) heading to Sleepy Eye on Hwy 5, then a pit stop in Sleepy Eye and back to Mankato via scenic Hwy 68, ending up with food (included with registration), silent auction, fun and games at Roadhouse 169 (North Mankato).

Registration fees are $25 per person, passengers are $10 with all the proceeds going toward CSL. 

At 2 p.m., food, a silent auction, sweet ride t-shirts, games and more will take place at Roadhouse 169. 

For more information on upcoming events or to register for camp, you can visit campsweetlife.org.

- KEYC 12