Beisser Lumber - Kenley's Crew





Putting an end to T1D, one step at a time

Beisser 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 liver started 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 would sell 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 she started 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!



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Date and time

May 12, 2018
Check-in: 8:00 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 1 Mile


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Des Moines, IA 50317



Kara Van Nordstrand
Email | (515) 802-3220

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