Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi scores with fellow diabetics

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Max Domi surprised young fellow diabetics with a visit to a children’s camp in west London Thursday.

Camp Discovery is the London branch of the Diabetes Canada D-Camps program that operates camps across the country for children with the disease.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to be a part of a camp like this, so I kind of envy these kids because the best way to learn is to learn from other Type Ones themselves and reflect on what they do versus what you do,” said Domi, an Arizona Coyotes forward and former London Knight.

Domi was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12 and revered Philadelphia Flyers great Bobby Clarke, who is also a Type 1 diabetic.

“What hits home for me the most is when someone who lives with what I live with tells me about something that they do,” Domi said.

Camp Discovery is an overnight camp, which includes safety breaks for campers to monitor their blood sugar or administer insulin and on-site medical staff specialized in handling diabetes patients.

After surprising campers with his arrival, Domi played road hockey, signed autographs and took pictures, and talked to campers about their common disease.

“It’s nice to see other people out there with (diabetes) living their dream,” said Colin Murphy, who talked with Domi about switching from the use of an insulin pump to insulin injections.

“It gives me hope that I can do what I want to do too.”

Thursday’s visit to D-Camps was one of Domi’s final outreach efforts of the summer before he reports to Coyotes training camp in September.

“It’s nice just to come hang out and see what’s going on here and have a lot of fun,” Domi said.

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