Sarah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when she was 10 years old. T1D is when the body cannot produce insulin, the key hormone needed for the body to absorb sugar in the bloodstream. Without a way to absorb any consumed sugars, the body's sugar levels can spike or drop dangerously beyond levels that are safe for a human. T1D is not caused by something that Sarah did, or did not do. It's an autoimmune disease where her pancreas has stopped working. There is not yet a cure.
The Game Changer
For the last 3 years, Sarah and her parents, Lori and Andrew, have been manually monitoring Sarah's insulin levels and food intake carefully. Sarah's Dad, Andrew, is a volunteer firefighter and has answered several calls where an individual has collapsed from extremely low blood sugar. These instances have caused Lori and Andrew to realize the absolute need to transition Sarah to a Continuous Glucose Monitor. which will alert her parents to any significant spike/drop in blood sugar and she would be much safer, especially when she's sleeping. Her Endocrinologist has also recommended a pump for her insulin intake, she currently needs 4-6 shots a day, and a pump would eliminate that as well as giving her more food freedom, and help her to bring her A1C back into a safe range. They would like to get her set up with this much safer system as quickly as possible.
Why are they in need of finances?
Last September (2016), Sarah's Dad, Andrew, was in a car accident where he sustained a severe neck injury. Since that time, he has completed a surgery and is currently doing rehabilitation therapy. Ongoing medical costs mean there are no extra funds just laying around to scrape together. I've asked the family to allow me to set up this fund for Sarah. She is one of the kindest and smartest young ladies I know; I am so thankful they agreed to allow you to help Sarah during this time!
How you can help!
If you would like to donate to Sarah's T1D fund, the little button on the right side of the screen is where to go!! Any funds received over the requested amount will go towards Sarah's ongoing insulin expspenses.
Please share!! We can accomplish this and more by working together, sharing with your family and friends will allow them to participate as well.
Leave Sarah a message on the message board! Asking for help publicaly can be really daunting. Let her know you support her.
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