Know Someone with Diabetes? Check out these Events
Virginia J. Pillsbury
It’s time to celebrate those who live with diabetes. On April 14, the American Diabetes Association presents its annual Gala “La Dolce Vita,” at the Hyatt Riverfront.
Food, drinks, dancing and a silent auction round out this evening designed to recognize those who have diabetes as well as those who work to make the lives of diabetics better.
For my daughter Leslie, who has type 1 diabetes, and others with the disease the Gala provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the disease but also to help raise necessary funding for Camp JADA, a day camp her in North Florida for kids with diabetes.
While type 1 diabetes affects only about five percent of those who have diabetes, it is most often diagnosed in childhood. There is no cure, so for people like Leslie, who was diagnosed at age eight, that means daily blood sugar checks, insulin delivery, counting carbohydrates and managing her lifestyle for the rest of her life.
Evenings like the Gala provide nice moments of recognition and encouragement for a disease that has a lot of lonely moments.
Also coming up, is the Tour de Cure, bicycle ride is coming up on May 19. With route lengths to choose from, this is a family friendly fun activity.
Finally, Camp JADA is also registering campers for this year’s camp, June 18 to 21. If you know someone between the ages of six and 12 with diabetes, Camp JADA is a fun and safe place for them to spend a week of their summer.
For more info, visit www.diabetes.org/jacksonville.