October 12, 2010
Eight-year-old Lexi is just one of hundreds of children in the Wichita area to attend the local diabetes camps each year.
“I like to meet other kids with diabetes, Lexi Hays said. “We get to play with them and have fun.”
The camps are the only opportunity for these kids to feel like one of the gang.
The camps also give parents a break, many who have to wake up several times a night to check their little ones blood sugar.
“We offer basically al l the medical supervision that they would need that basically their parents take care of when they are at home,” RaeAnn Moreno, American Diabetes Association said.
But camps aren’t the only support. In fact, 85% of the money stays here for research, which gave Lexi and other kids things like diabetes pumps and hope for a cure. In the meantime, the Diabetes Association provides support groups.
“Its also nice to bounce ideas off other people. For instance, Halloween is coming up and what do we do with all the Halloween candy we get?” Erin Hays, Lexi's Mother said.
Obviously, it takes money to pay for all this research and support and medical staff. Thus, this Friday’s fundraiser - the roast of George Ablah. Charles Koch and Tom Devlin are the featured roasters.
For more information:
American Diabetes Association – Wichita chapter
(316) 684-6091 Ext. 6903