Cammie Bertina Johnson was born to on December 17, 1986. When she was ten years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As Cammie was growing up she became an “arena rat” when her parents took her to brothers’ hockey games. As a child, Cammie danced like no one was watching, played in the flowers in the family garden, was silly and headstrong.
For ten years, Cammie attended the American Diabetes Association “Camp Sioux” as a camper, kitchen staff and a counselor. She spent many summers making and eating mountains of peanut butter sandwiches, teaching kids about diabetes and how they were not different from anyone else. She had the unique ability to comfort first time campers by encouraging them to laugh, smile and feel safe away from home.
She discovered one of God’s gifts and loved to sing with her beautiful voice. She frequently turned up the radio in her bedroom or the car and could be heard singing along; yet when she knew someone was listening, she would stop and her face would turn red. While she was in school, she loved spending time and being silly with her friends, watching funny and scary movies, laughing and hanging out. She was an artistically creative young woman and she hoped someday to write a diabetic cookbook with her dad.
Cammie attained her Certified Nursing Assistant designation during her senior year of high school and was enrolled in the nursing program at Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She aspired to work as a pediatric nurse to help others.
Cammie passed away due to complications of diabetes on December 12, 2007. The Cammie Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established for the sole purpose of raising money for diabetic children and college students so that they can experience productive and successful lives. Cammie’s parents were Lori (Laughlin) Johnson of Grand Forks, ND and Mark & Robin Johnson of Menomonie, WI.
Recommended Criteria of Eligibility:
- Applicants must be graduating seniors of a High School in Dunn County and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Applicants must plan to pursue an education in the medical field by attending an accredited four year college or university, or two year technical or community college. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing Nursing.
- Applications must include at least one signed recommendation from a current instructor and must include a one page typewritten essay about why the medical field is their career choice.
- Applicants should include information about extra-curricular activities and community service.
- Preference will be given to applicants that have juvenile diabetes.
I currently am attending Chippewa Valley Technical College as a Pre-program Nursing student. I will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing and then will transfer to a four-year university to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. I hope to attend either the University of WIsconsin-Madison or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. My goal is to become a specialized Neonatal Nurse.
I plan to continue going to school to become a Registered Nurse. I have both my CNA and Phlebotomy certification and plan to apply for jobs in either of the fields to gain more experience in the medical field. I am excited to continue my education and see what is in store for myself in the following semesters.