Thanks from a type 1 child’s mom!
by Lisa Treese
You dont know me but I wanted to share a few things about my experience with having a child w/diabetes. I am a mom of 3 great boys…the youngest, Zachary, now 7, was diagnosed when he was 3. I couldnt believe my ears when we were told Zach was sick! I didnt even understand that we had to leave for Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh PA right at that moment! So we drove a couple hours, I now live near Altoona PA, and everything went through my mind…..from “this is a mistake” to the worst fear….”Zach was dying.”
Now that it has been 4 years, I have to say that this disease, as much as I want to curse at it, has taught me how to survive and conquer! I stayed up all night surfing websites and learned all I could about type 1 and came across the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. (the ADA sends research money to this lab) and decided that I was going to do something to help these kids realize they can do anything they want with a little planning!
We had previously attended an ADA walk at the Pittsburgh Zoo and got the idea of starting one here in my little hometown of Hollidaysburg….so off we went! TEAM ZACHARY was born….and we started with diabetes education at the elem. school and held our own little walk that spring. The principal told me to not be upset if no one showed up…..people have tried walks before and they didnt really work out!
Well, 4 years later…..hundreds of families come to our little walk/fun day!! There are so many little kids in our area with type 1 diabetes and nobody understood what they were going through! We now go into other schools and educate the teachers and students and show them how they can help look out for our kids! By the time Zach went to kindergarten this year, the teachers knew all about it! (he was the first to go to kindergarten with an insulin pump!)
I started out with one team……and one vision….to find others who are dealing with this disease and bring us together for one mission….to help find a CURE! We have raised more than $45,000 and I helped the DRI win $10,000 for the video contest that Animas Corp. sponsored……so our little town has made a difference!!
Can you please tell Bret that we “moms” who have listened to his music growing up, are very thankful for helping us raise much needed awareness to this terrible disease. There is nothing we want more than a cure, it may not be today or tomorrow, but at least we can teach our kids that anything is possible until that day comes!
Here are some pictures for you……the smile on the faces of the kids is what it’s all about….they know they aren’t alone in this fight and someday we can say……you USED to have diabetes!”
Sincerely, Lisa Treese…. mom of three great boys!!
Please support our cause…..for all kids like Zachary!