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Team Collins to participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

May 8, 2014
Northern-Sun Print

A Day in Owen's Shoe's

I'm 10 years old and I live in Garwin and I have had diabetes since I was 2. Every year we raise money for research.

My mom wakes me up and checks my blood sugar, and asks me what I want for breakfast. Then she puts both my blood sugar and how many carbohydrates I'm eating into my pump. It tells her how much insulin to give me and she enters it in my pump. Then I set my timer and she also sets one. I need to eat 15 minutes after I receive my insulin, or it might cause me to go low. I get ready, my mom fixes my breakfast and my lunch. She has to put what my blood sugar was and how much insulin I received for breakfast on my Blood Sugar Sheet that I take to school. Then she writes down what I'm having for lunch and how many carbs each item is and how many total carbohydrates I'm having for lunch. I eat my breakfast and pack my back pack for school. The rest of the day I do all the diabetes stuff my self. I'm off to school!

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Owen, his dad Kendall and his grandma Janice enjoying the Walk

I have to check my blood sugar and write down on my blood sugar sheet, what my BG is and put it in my pump before every recess, PE, lunch, and before I go home on the bus. That is a minimum of four finger pricks at school. If I'm low which is when my blood sugar is below 80 I usually have a juice box and set my 15 minute timer and check to make sure my blood sugar has come back up. If that happens during P.E. or recess I have to sit out until my blood sugar comes back up. If my blood sugar is high I have to put in insulin, drink water, and some times go exercise to bring it down. If it is really high we have to do a lot of things.

Why we raise money for research

It's so all of us with T1D could just get up in the morning eat our breakfast and just have a normal day at school without all the blood sugar checks. That would be AWESOME. I'd like to just be like everybody else. Don't get me wrong my diabetes isn't stopping me from doing anything I want to do, but it does slow me down sometimes.

If you would like to make a donation to JDRF it is tax deductible.

You may also make a check payable to JDRF, and mail it to

Diana Collins at 308 Rider St., Garwin, IA 50632. You may go online www.jdrf/

Owen's family and friends will be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, May 10, 2014, to raise money to help find a cure so Owen can live everyday just like the rest of us.

Your contribution and fundraising makes sure those with T1D live healthier lives today, and someday, a life free of T1D. T1D stands for Type one diabetes. JDRF=Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Many of you have helped us by donating in the past and we truly appreciate it. We hope you join us again this year, to fund JDRF RESEARCH as scientists strive to find a cure or at least improve the quality of life for those with diabetes.



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