At 17-years-old, Eric Rimel – a Type 1 diabetic – has dedicated hundreds of hours to raising money for Camp Possibilities, a camp in Maryland for children with diabetes.
“I do this so I can like see a smile on people’s faces from the work I do,” Eric said. “When I work with Camp Possibilities I try to raise as much as I can just so I can get more kids to that camp, beause that camp changed my life.”
And now Eric is the one changing lives.
His family started a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the camp, and Eric does most of the work.
“We start going around businesses and I go in and ask see if I can get a donation, and the businesses have responded really well to that for me over the years,” Eric said.
To date, Eric has helped raise more than $40,000 for Camp Possiblities.
Stuart Sherman, program director for Camp Possibilities said of Eric, “He not only attends camp but he does everything he can to help the camp, help the kids there. And there are definitely kids at camp who wouldn’t be at camp if it wasn’t for the money the Rimel family raised.”
Eric also coaches bowling, helps with the Worcester County Arts Council, and volunteers at his church.
Maryland State Sen. Jim Mathias told Eric, “I’m certain that President Rimel, uh Senator Rimel, whatever your dreams are because of your determination, you are going to make come true.”
That is why Eric Rimel is a WBOC Jefferson Award winner.