BENEFITING: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
EVENT DATE: Oct 02, 2016
Words can not express how much The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) has meant to us. Sarah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. The staff at Batson Children's Hospital did a great job of teaching us what we needed to know to keep Sarah alive, but DFM taught us how to actually live with Type 1 Diabetes. They answered our questions, trained the staff at her summer program, provided test strips when we fighting for insurance to cover them (it took several months to prove it was not a pre-existing condition), and sponsored Camp Kandu each fall and spring. Camp Kandu is a weekend camp for the whole family. The kids spend the day participating in normal camp activities with trained counselors and nurses while the parents participated in information sessions. Most importantly, Camp Kandu is a chance for for kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families from all of the state to get together and trade stories, tips, and advice. Suddenly these kids are surrounded by other kids just like them - kids who have to check their blood glucose and take shots or wear an insulin pump. Sarah is now 10 years old. She loves singing and acting and has even had a small role in a Civil War documentary that aired on PBS. Sarah is a social butterfly that takes every opportunity she can to have a sleepover or outing with friends. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi has helped give us the knowledge and confidence to make that happen. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi has been awarded 4 stars by Charity Navigator (the highest possible rating). DFM helps not only kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families, but also children and adults with Type 2 Diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes. Every one of us knows somebody that is affected by this disease and all money raised stays in Mississippi!