Step Out For Diabetes: Cooper Freund

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

As more American adults become overweight, the incidence of diabetes that can be prevented or somewhat controlled is growing dramatically. Many people don't know there's another type of diabetes, type one, that can attack those who aren't even old enough to know what overweight means.

In preparation for this weekend's Step Out for Diabetes, we introduce you to one of the youngest diabetes patients and his family who couldn't be more thankful for the support from the American Diabetes Association and its donors.

Watching our children get shots is difficult, but it's a daily routine for Taryn and Ric Freund and their 1-year-old son Cooper. As part of treating Cooper's diabetes, they have to stick a needle in his tiny finger five times a day and give him shots regularly.

The Freunds says it's very hard but they're managing Cooper's diabetes with the help of the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

"They can tell us what to look forward to and sympathize with you," said Ric Freund.

The pain and worry affect the whole family, including Cooper's big brother, 3-year-old Tristan Freund.

"I feel bad... cause he gets stuck," said Tristan.

With support groups, open phone lines and lots of camps for kids. the Diabetes Association helps even the littlest family members.

"It's very important. It makes you feel like you have another family and that you are never alone," said Taryn Freund.

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