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SO MANY LIVES ARE TOUCHED BY DIABETES. CHANCES ARE YOUR LIFE IS TOO.
I am participating because the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure and Step Out:Walk is so much more than a fundraising event to me. It is my opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.
I started working in the Human Resources department of the American Diabetes Association in December 2015 after I was laid off from my previous position. I took the job because... honestly, because it was a job. And I had bills to pay. I was also interested in learning more about the disease after my dad was diagnosed with type 2 during the summer of 2015. In the end, the real selling point was that I would be supporting the ADA's summer camp program for kids with diabetes. This program was developed after children with type 1 diabetes were turned away from traditional summer camps that were not equipped to handle people with the disease. Today, we have over 60 summer camps in almost 30 states across the country, serving kids with type 1, type 2, and those who are at risk of developing type 2.
In August 2016, I had the opportunity to attend Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, Wisconsin, and it truly changed my life. Witnessing first-time parents tearfully drop their kids off for a week, struggling to trust the doctors and staff when all they do is think about their child's disease 24/7-- and contrasting them with veteran parents who look forward to the break every year as much as their children do. Seeing the kids learning and becoming more confident in managing their disease, all while having fun at camp and doing regular camp activities like any other kid. Watching them hit milestones, like testing their blood sugar by themselves, giving themselves injections, or changing their pump sites for the first time. This program is a beautiful example of how the ADA is trying to better the lives of people living with and affected by diabetes, and I am proud to be a part of that mission.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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