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On September 3, 2013 my life changed in a way I was not prepared for. My Mother, Mona who was completely healthy died unexpectedly from a massive ruptured brain aneurysm at the age of 59. She was the most beautiful person on the inside and out and lived her life with such a passion for life! Her motto was “Life is a Celebration!” 

Since my Mother’s passing, I wanted to do something positive and make a difference in the world like she did. I came across the Brain Aneurysm Foundation website and saw that I could organize a walk in my Mom’s honor. I also came to find out that September is brain aneurysm awareness month which is the month she passed away. I along with my family decided that September would be the month that we would have our event. 

We organized a 3 mile walk this past September 27, 2015 around beautiful lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN and for our first event it was a huge success! We raised over $5,000! The memory of my Mom will live on forever and now by our family having this walk to remember Mona, her love and laughter will be spread to all those who knew her by shining a little light on the fact that she’s gone, but never forgotten! And, she lives in our hearts forever! 

Also, Mona loved music and loved to dance! We had an acoustic musician play at our walk and next year we plan to have even more music! Our family loves music, Bret Michaels and we truly believe music is therapy for the soul! Thankfully 2 months before my Mom passed away we were able to take her to a Bret Michaels concert! She absolutely loved it!!! 

Our hope is by having our walk each year we will continue to spread awareness about the devastating disease of brain aneurysms and the signs and symptoms, and that brain aneurysms are hereditary. We are thankful that now each year in September instead of remembering that it is the month she passed away, we have a positive event to look forward to where we can see all friends, family and meet new friends along the way and celebrate the life of a woman who was larger than life! 

Thank you for letting me share my story. Peace, love, rock ‘n roll! -Tanya


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Your Story: Priscilla Boatright

Your Story: Priscilla Boatright

Hello. My name is Priscilla and just like every parent I want the best for my children. To grow up without any worries (like I did) but on May 21st 2010 our world was turned upside down when my daughter Lauren was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. We were already having a pretty bad year since my father was very ill and only three months after my daughter’s diagnoses he passed away. I still remember the day I was picking her up from school to take her to the doctor. She had all the classic symptoms. She started to have accidents at school and in her bed. She was always so thirsty and she was loosing weight. We live in Houston, TX so when I took her into the doctor they checked her blood glucose and it was over 600! We were told right away to take her to Texas Children’s Hospital. We stayed there for 4 days to learn how to take care of her. We learned how to count carbohydrates and to give her shots of insulin. She was so brave! She took her shots and actually had fun in the hospital!

Just as we were getting use to everything and she was put on an insulin pump and we thought things were getting better. Things got worse…I never thought in a million years we would have to go through it all over again. Since my daughter was diagnosed I told my son what the symptoms were so he would know what to look for. He already has to deal with JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) he was diagnosed with JRA was he was just six years old. He went into remission about two years after his diagnoses so we were thank full for that.

But On May 28, 2011 just four months before his 11 birthday and only a year after Lauren was diagnosed my son Justin was diagnosed. He came to me telling me that he was using the bathroom a lot and was really thirsty the past couple of days. So I checked his blood glucose on his sister’s meter and sure enough the meter just read “Hi”. I went into the bathroom and just sobbed. I thought to my self both of my children have to live with this horrible disease! But we caught it early so we were thankful and I already knew how to take care of him.

Both of my children take it in stride. My daughter loves her insulin pump and my son has taken an active roll in managing his diabetes. We have done the JDRF walk the past two years and we have met some really awesome people along the way.

With diabetes every day is a challenge and it never takes a vacation. But we have learned it’s not the end of the world. We just take the good numbers and the bad and learn from them. Because we believe with research and new technology we will one day have a cure!

Bettyann – Her Story

Bettyann – Her Story

I have been a type 1 Diabetic now for 10yrs with the oneset at age 38. Meeting Bret Michaels in person last yr was a dream come true. He is very Inspirational to me with his positive attitude and donations for this disease that we live with daily. It has it’s ups and downs but Bret gives us all hope and to “keep” going on besides all the struggles we suffer with. I did my first Step Out And Walk For Diabetes in Spokane, WA this Oct 2011. It was a great experience. I now am also a huge advocate for Diabetes since meeting Bret Michaels. I pray they someday find a cure as this Disease is serious and causes so many other health issues. But with hope, faith, and positive attitude we can conquer and live with this Disease. Now at 48 I am taking it more serious:)

Inspired by Bret, here is a letter from Lisa about her diabetes story.

Inspired by Bret, here is a letter from Lisa about her diabetes story.

Thanks from a type 1 child’s mom!

by Lisa Treese

Hi Janna!

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!!

Zachary’s first day of kindergarten, with my middle son Dylan, who has a type of kidney disease, we not only count carbs in my house, we count sodium and protein!

this is our team

Aidan was just diagnosed before this walk….look how proud he is!

This is Miranda’s Walking Warriors cutting the ribbon with Senator Eichelberger and his wife, Charlotte Ames, she’s our health newscaster on our local news

My trip top the lab….this is Dr. Ricordi with his Ricordi chamber…it was mentioned on Grey’s Anatomy this year! (tell Bret to go see this lab and meet everyone….he wont believe his eyes!)

Microscopes that are trying to find a cure!

This is Breely, she cut the ribbon this year

These are some of the kids with Steamer, The Pittsburgh Pirates AA team, Altoona Curve Mascot

Me and my niece…..she wants a cure for her cousin!

This is everyone who needs a cure!

Please  support our cause…..for all kids like Zachary!