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10 Questions - Interview with Dr. Karsten Milek

KiDS-COURSES - Interview with Dr. Karsten Milek
Submitted by Matt Widner, diabetes on 5 March 2011

In connection with the presentation at this year's Fine Star Awards, we have an interview with Dr. Karsten Milek out of second place in the Bayer Prize.

first Do you own the project proposed KiDS course or put someone else behind the application?
Proposals for Fine-Star came from all over the country, we have also proposed a number of people. We were then asked by the organizers to us to apply for the award.

second Can you summarize the history of the KiDS-course in four to five sentences?
were in the former East Germany before reunification mellitus there every summer a great summer camp for children and adolescents with diabetes. After the turn came, Dr. Regine Hildebrandt early 1992 in my former clinic and suggested that with her usual enthusiasm to revive this tradition. Only when care treatments, then called KiDS course, was this project in the summer of 1992 actually brought to life and celebrating this year its 20th anniversary. More than 1750 children and young people can now participate in the project.

third How did the idea of children and young people to offer a special holiday experience and at the same time make for everyday life as diabetics fit?
to train disabled child is in practice or in hospital always something different out there on the "wild". We, the children and young people directly in sport, during the disco or the more intense and personalized care, while providing a perfectly normal holiday experience - this idea drives us forward. Especially here also plays a role of great social experience, self-esteem of children is often stabilizes and facilitates the handling of their diabetes.

4th Are you from the house also sports doctor. Does one have the kids' price of as "hidden sports camps?
I am a sports doctor, diabetes specialist and nutrition expert - that is certainly the direction in our Kids-course that is prescribed. Of course, we are behaving a lot of sports - football, handball, beach volleyball, table tennis and even basketball are just some sports that we do here. Even couch potatoes can find after a few days of sport is that they are fun.

5th From our own experience we know that the preparation and organization of a major event a lot of time and Self-motivation. How do you take and make your team the power and the will to hold now for 20 years a notable experience for children and young people on their feet?
It is true particularly in the current preparatory phase you wonder sometimes, where to get the force. We get almost daily inquiries and applications (but unfortunately also rejections of individual health insurance) for the kids' course, which is a confirmation of an individual decision, without acknowledging any legal obligation. If we then the final party to celebrate with the kids, all the troubles and anger are all stripped off. One need then only in the eyes of the children to look back and gets very very much.

6th Could you briefly tell the most beautiful experience of the last 19 courses?
There are so many wonderful experiences each year so that I can and point out any really wants - we have visited bison, a Baltic trip made made some theme parks unsafe - but is actually always the last price of the most beautiful! In summer 2010 we took a trip, "In 14 days around the world," Vampire taken with the Indians smoked the peace pipe, celebrated the carnival in Brazil - which was great!

7th On the blog of the project ( ) can admittedly rather extensive experience diaries download the latest vintages and reminisce. Log are many former students once again to you, there are many repeat participants, or if the application flow so that newcomers are preferred?
Report Of course, many participants previouse rates again, but of course have newcomers privilege. However, all interested parties should sign up quickly because the dispute is often with the cash but can take some time. The registration form can be found on our website

8th Were You ever just about to say the kids' course or set your involvement?
Fortunately, we still found enough strength to us this is certainly not a simple task. There are always difficult moments, but luckily behind me is a very qualified, dedicated and highly motivated team - including my own family, even in places with the KiDS course and I grew up here is always supported.

9th What problems need to be addressed every year all over again?
The planning for the course next summer begins in the last days of the current course. Contracts with the object must be closed, ideas collected, found a motto, and volunteers and employees are acquired. Yes and then it goes off again immediately with notifications and applications to the health insurance - this is unfortunately the most difficult and time consuming part for us.

10th Did you know before our first meeting, the Association offers the diabetes center, which also includes the page diabetes?
course, we know the forum, from the beginning, we have also the site of link to our website

Thanks for your time and good luck in the next 20 years!


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