Lumber and Kenley's Crew are teaming up again this year to "Bring the
Wood" against type
1 diabetes! We were overwhelmed with all the support we received from Beisser
Lumber last year and are very thankful to everyone! Kenley is the 5 year old
niece of Ben Richter.
Kenley was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was 4 years old, so it has been a little over
a year and a half since her whole world changed. She has had a year full of ups
and downs. Over
the 4th of July weekend we ended up in the ER with an extreme low that we didn't catch
in the night. It sent her body into a seizure-like response state where her
producing insulin to save her life! It was after that awful event that we knew
we had to use the
technology that they have created so that never happens again. We invested in a Continuous
Glucose Monitor (CGM), this device checks Kenley's blood sugar every 5 minutes and sends
its result to a transmitter. That transmitter when paired to the internet sends
the blood sugar
reading to her parents' cell phones. It sounds an alert whenever she is high or low so we
can adjust accordingly. This has truly been a life saver for Kenley, and we
anything in our house or our house for that matter to make sure she had that device!
There have been other positives in Kenley's diabetic journey this year. Before
preschool in the fall Kenley switched to an insulin pump! This means going from
4+ shots a day
to changing her pump site every 3 days. It is much more convenient and precise than shots
but when we take it off for a bath and she shouts "I'm free" we are
reminded of the constant
burden she carries around in her little pack! She also had a rough flu season,
illness is really
hard on a diabetic's body, and now we prepare for a trip to the ER as soon as vomiting
starts. Of course Kenley is such a fighter and takes all of this on with a
positive attitude and
a zest for life, while hoping some day they will find a cure!
Anything you can
do to help
"bring the wood" against diabetes would be greatly appreciated!
Joining the team doesn't mean you have to be there on walk day, you can be a
virtual walker and
just show your support! Thank you so much for helping us turn Type 1 into Type NONE!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).