The members of Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus Foundation held their first bowling tournament on April 30th raising more than $10,000 for the foundation and to send children with Diabetes to camp through the American Diabetes Association.
Rep. Michael Tryon announced the winners on the House Floor on May 1st. This will be an annual event for the Caucus and the Foundation.
The winning team led by Reps Tracy, Osmond & Hammond.
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus
is proud to announce it screened 1,116 people on Diabetes Awareness Day on
screenings allowed us to not only help individuals with early detection, it
also allowed The Diabetes Caucus to raise awareness for both Type 1 and Type 2
Diabetes” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
These free screenings sponsored by both
Representatives and Senators took place throughout the state at various
Diabetes events, businesses, hospitals and health fairs. The screenings were
provided in partnership with local health departments and hospitals.
“A special thanks to Novo Nordisk for all their help
in setting up each screening and providing key educational materials for all
the participants and businesses,” said Durkin.
these screenings, those showing signs of diabetes or pre-diabetes were
identified and they were encouraged to seek additional testing by their
personal physicians,” said State Rep. Michael Tryon, founding member of the
Diabetes Caucus. “I know that at the diabetes event I sponsored, we had two individuals
who were referred for additional testing. I am pleased the Diabetes Caucus was
able to assist Illinoisans with early detection, which is the key to successful
management of diabetes.”
addition to the free screening the Diabetes Caucus has sponsored legislation including
the creation of Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th,
legislation to create a Diabetes Action Plan throughout the state and new
Diabetes Awareness License Plates.
Members of the Diabetes Caucus are already planning
free Diabetes screenings statewide for next Diabetes Awareness Day on November
14, 2014 please check www.ilgadiabetes.com for a location near you.
I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at 5 years old in August 1992. This year
marked 21 years as a diabetic, and still going strong. Constant urination and
extreme thirst were my symptoms. My parents knew something was wrong when we
were on our way to a neighbor’s party. I had just gone to the bathroom before we
left, and about 2 minutes later I had to go again and almost didn’t make it down
the street. I missed over 100 days of school after the diagnosis.
My grandma had been a type 1 diabetic since she was in her 30s,
and when my parents told her she said her heart was broken because she knew what
kind of life I would have to live each day. My grandma passed away when I was in
3rd grade, but still to this day she is my inspiration
for living a healthy and full life as a type 1 diabetic.
I started on a strict diet, poking my finger 10-15 times a day,
and taking insulin shots. I was on shots until my freshman year of high school
when I got a pump. The first time my doctor put the pump on me (in my stomach),
I nearly passed out. I was terrified, but the pump has been the best thing for
my diabetes. I feel so much better. It’s my mini portable pancreas.
I went to the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Can Do from
5-9 years old. After I graduated high school, I went back to volunteer as a camp
counselor and eventually a camp teacher. This year marked my 9th
year of volunteering. I love going to camp because it’s so refreshing to meet
other people who are going through the same experiences I am, and also because
it brings me great joy to be a role model for these young children. I was once
those kids, so I understand firsthand what they are going through. Every year, I
learn something new at camp from the campers and counselors. It has been a very
positive experience for me.
I am now a 6th
grade teacher and I enjoy teaching my students about diabetes as well. There are
a couple of students in my school who are diabetics, and I am often their
advocate, helping hand, and listening ear. I am grateful to be an inspiration
and role model to them. I know how hard it was being the only diabetic in my
school, so I hope to keep motivating them to do well.
The past 21 years have been a battle, but I’m a fighter. I would
not be here today without the love, support, and energy of my mom, dad, sisters,
boyfriend, and friends. I can never thank them enough. It hasn’t always been
easy, but I hope that I can spread awareness and be an inspiration to others who
are also fighting the good fight.
On November 8th of this year I celebrated my twentieth anniversary living with
type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1993 when I was 6 years old. My parents
realized something was wrong when I didn't want to go trick-or-treating or eat
candy with my friends at Halloween. I was also chugging water so much; they
thought I had a bladder infection. Little did we know that after that doctor
visit turned hospital stay that our lives would be changed forever. The social
worker helped my parents better understand what was needed to take care of me,
and all I remember from my week-long hospital stay was my friends all writing me
get well soon cards, sending me stuffed animals, and a grand total of 52
balloons from family and friends.
I started poking my finger 10+ times a
day and taking insulin shots 4-10 times a day. I hated it. I am not a fan of
needles and was so scared to get a shot; I didn't want to accept that this was
what I had to do every day. Luckily, a few months after diagnosis I attended the
American Diabetes Association Camp Confidence day camp in Des Plaines, IL. I was
still very afraid of needles, but was able to finally meet other kids just like
me. These other campers and counselors were huge role models in my life and
helped me to want to take better control of my own diabetes.
When I was
in 8th grade I started on an insulin pump and it changed the way I saw diabetes.
It was so much easier to handle, but the site changes were still not my
favorite. My friends even threw me a surprise party to congratulate me because
they knew how scared I was.
When I had aged out of day camp I became a
junior counselor, senior counselor, and teacher counselor and never left Camp
Confidence. It was always my favorite week of summer-getting to be a role model
and help kids with diabetes and gain knew knowledge each year from the nurses,
parents and campers/counselors with diabetes. Each year I grew more confident in
myself and what I wanted to do with my life.
I have my Masters in Social
Work so that I can continue to help families and children impacted by diabetes.
I celebrated my 20th year at Camp Confidence as an employee of the American
Diabetes Association as Associate Manager of Youth Initiatives (School Walk,
Family Link, and Camp). After a summer at all of the Association camps I was
able to face my fears and start on a CGM and start the Omnipod and new site
locations. I never would have had the guts to do that without the amazing
support of everyone at Camp.
In the last 20 years no matter how bad it
got at times I learned so much, met so many amazing people, and really grew into
the person I am today. ADA Camp Confidence changed my life and made me realize
what I was passionate about in life- educating and supporting others with
diabetes and I am so thankful to be where I am today. I still hope for a cure
every day, but things have improved so much and I am so grateful and hope that I
can instill the same confidence and positivity in today's youth with diabetes.
Luke Selinger, 9, was diagnosed with type one diabetes on April 28, 2012 at the age of 8. Luke has asked many times, 'why me?' to his condition, but he's never complained about T1D or let it stop him for living his life to the fullest and achieving his dreams. Luke attends a small Catholic School in Will County, where he is in the 4th grade. He is a member of the chess club and plans on playing for the basketball team when he reaches the 5th grade.
Take a look at Luke's everyday life and his Legion!
spring, out of their love and support for Luke, Holy Family setup a JDRF Walk
for the Cure walk at the school. The small school of 300 students raised over
$7000.00 for JDRF and diabetes research. Prior to the walk, Luke spoke to his
classmates and schoolmates about T1D and what he deals with daily. He also
noted that because of his condition, he has been fortunate enough to meet some
of his heroes and famous athletes including Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs
and Hall of Famer Lou Brock.
Luke plays baseball part-time travel
baseball, as well. Luke played in over 50 games last spring and summer. He'll
play a little less this year, but his diabetes won't hold him back. His
teammates are very accepting of his condition and many of them go out of their
way to make sure he drinks enough fluids and that he takes care of himself
during games. Baseball is one of Luke's passions.
People have said that
Type 1 diabetics are heroes. Luke definitely is. He handles himself so well a
lot people who don't know he has T1D are surprised when they find out. He lives
by the mantra that he may have diabetes, but diabetes does not have
His condition is a part of him, but it won't define him. He has
received so much support from his family, friends, teammates, classmates and
teachers through his team Luke's Legion that he is considering speaking for JDRF
at events about diabetes to educate others. He's learning how lucky he is to be
loved and supported my so many. Again, Luke may have diabetes, but diabetes
does not have him!