Cabin #2 overlooks Putnam pond with a gentle breeze coming in the windows. It is a warm sunny day with endless possibilities. Ryan peers into the cabin and spots his bed. This is where he will be for the next week… alone and away from his parents. This summer, Ryan faced the challenges of managing his diabetes without his parents at Camp Joslin, one of the largest, independent camps and educational program in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes. Nervously, his parents left him for the week. At the end of the week, Ryan changed! For Ryan, Camp Joslin fostered stronger independence, greater strength and endless courage. Camp Joslin is where he met Nelson, a fellow camper with Type I Diabetes from Puerto Rico who administered his insulin through the OmniPod. Ryan came home with a passion and determination to change pumps. He spent days researching the pros and cons of the pump Nelson used and the new one he had to have. By the end of the summer, Ryan was the proud pumper of the OmniPod. Change. Change is not always a welcomed event. But the change in Ryan was truly magical! But the OmniPod is not a cure, it just administers insulin to his body like all other pumps. Ryan still has Type I Diabetes. He still checks his blood sugar 6-10 times a day. He still has to count how many carbs he eats. He still has to administer himself insulin for everything he eats. And he still has to treat low and high blood sugars. We hope that someday that too will CHANGE!
Ryan is my 12 year old great nephew. There are Ryan Dream Team's walking in support of Ryan in five cities around the US...Boston, San Diego, Fort Worth, Houston and Cleveland. We will be walking in the San Diego walk this year on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Balboa Park.
Please support Ryan’s Dream Team in finding a cure for Type I Diabetes by donating to JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. More than 80 percent of what JDRF spends goes directly to research and research-related education—among the highest percentages for charities nationwide. This is the 9th year that Ryan’s Dream team will walk to raise funds to find a cure.
Small or large…. Any donation makes a difference. His family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts.
Pat & Tom Russiano
Ryan's History with Type I Diabetes:
Ryan was diagnosed in May 2004, at the age of 3 with diabetes mellitus type 1 (also known as Juvenile Diabetes). The doctors believe a virus attacked his pancreas and killed it. The pancreas is an important organ that secrets insulin into the blood to allow the food we eat to be absorbed by the cells in our body. No insulin present raises blood sugar to extreme highs which can be life threatening. Too much insulin can have the same effect. Ryan has to inject insulin into his body through his insulin pump and check his blood sugar 6-10 times a day to keep his blood sugar in line. Type I Diabetes is the constant balance of just the right amount of insulin, food and exercise, the perfect remedy for all human beings.
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