In the midst of a war, Ukraine is also facing an insulin shortage, and juvenile diabetics and their families have begun to ration insulin. Without sufficient insulin, diabetics can become sick, dehydrated, and their organs are at risk of failure. This can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA, which can be fatal or deadly.
In addition, disruption to food availability is putting individuals at risk of hypoglycemia, and disruption to infrastructure and utilities mean diabetics may not be able to use their CGMs (continuous glucose monitors). Without access to a charger for a phone or receiver, CGMs are inoperable. CGMs and blood glucose monitors are essential in preventing hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia for diabetics.
As a result, we set up a fund for Ukraine assistance and we were able to send over numerous CGMs, lancing devices, lancets, test-strips, back-up batteries, and other much-needed supplies for juvenile diabetics and their families in Ukraine. We will continue to stand by Ukraine and support children in whichever ways they require.
As our mission statement says, "No Child Fights Alone- Ever."
We held our summer event during July, and it was a blast! There were numerous activities for families & children ensuring fun for the whole family!
The generated funds from this event will be used in funding vital projects in search of cures for juvenile diabetes and cancer- ensuring that no child will ever fight alone.
Our holiday event was held in late December and was a blast! The evening consisted of poker, raffles, silent auctions, and more. We look forward to making it an annual event.
The proceeds from this event were used to send gifts to children at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh! As a result, we were able to send over 100 gifts to children in the hospital battling diabetes and/or cancer.
As childhood cancer awareness month came to a close, we wanted to celebrate children who kicked cancer to the curb, so we challenged those on social media to walk, run, jog, or bike. The goal was five miles, in honor of local cancer survivor, Amelia Swisher, who recently reached five years cancer free.
We had numerous individuals participate, and for every person that participated, we made a donation to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, an organization that align with our goals and strives to improve the lives' of children across the nation.
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