During the holiday season, the American Diabetes Association® encourages people to share their story on why they give. Whether it’s through local events, planned giving, annual donations or in memory of a loved one, these gifts go a long way in helping us save lives and continue the search for a cure.
The following are stories from a few of our generous supporters and organizations that have donated or fundraised on our behalf in 2015.
Hello! My name is Isabella (Bella) and I live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I am on the Junior Olympic Archery team and on a drill swim team. Archery and swimming are my favorite hobbies because they’re so much fun AND they keep me active, which helps control my blood sugar levels.
Oh, did I mention I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes since I was 8 years old? I will be celebrating my 13th birthday in January!
I enjoy attending the many different diabetes-related activities that the American Diabetes Association holds in my area through its program Family Link. That’s how I learned about Camp Colorado. All year long I look forward to attending this camp that has been created especially for kids like me. The staff and volunteers are great at teaching us the ways to manage our diabetes, like improving our ability to inject insulin and use our pumps and continuous glucose monitors, counting carbs and other important skills. My favorite part about Camp Colorado is being able to have so much fun with other kids who have diabetes and to feel “normal” for four days. I always feel more confident about managing my diabetes after I come home—I wish camp lasted longer than a week!
In addition to attending Camp Colorado, I also love participating in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event with the Association’s Denver office because I get to have fun and help fight diabetes at the same time! As a Red Strider, Step Out gives me a chance to walk with other kids who have diabetes. It’s great to know that we are in this fight together and that diabetes can’t stop us. This year I raised $1,000! Next year I plan on creating a team and doubling that amount. When I get older I want to volunteer and participate in even more events like Step Out.
I live with this disease every single day of my life, 24/7! There’s no time off for good behavior and no vacation from testing. Even though I won’t let diabetes stop me from doing the things I love, it’s very hard to live with this disease. No one should have to live with it.
Fundraising is important to me because I want to see the end to this disease! I know the money I raise goes to fund research that has advanced the treatment of diabetes by leaps and bounds in the last decade. A lot more still needs to be done.
I will continue to step up my efforts until we Stop Diabetes®! The holidays are a great time to make a donation: What better gift to give someone you love who has diabetes than donating to help find a cure and make their life better in the meantime? I know I would rather have my friends and family give a gift to the Association than buy me another pair of jeans or CD!
We hope you’re inspired by Isabella’s story as much as we are. Please take a moment now to make generous year end gift to change the future of diabetes. Your donation no matter what size will help us fund cutting-edge research and also allow us to advocate for billions of dollars of federal government research and provide community-based programs to help people across the U.S. live healthier lives today.
Visit diabetes.org/donate to help make a difference.