While close friends and family know, others may not be aware that I've been a type one diabetic since April 2004. When I was first diagnosed, The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, did so much to encourage me as a new diabetic. From educating my classmates on signs of low blood sugar and why I somtimes got to have "extra snacks", to encouraging my family as they learned how this diagnosis would affect our entire household, they were and are a blessing to me.
They provide incredible resources to Mississippi kids and adults who live with diabetes 24/7! Last year, they were able to provide:
· educational training for over 1000 schoolteachers and staff during Sweet Subject Educational programs for Mississippi's school teachers and staff
· 275 boxes of information and blood glucose testing supplies for school diabetes emergencies to school nurses.
· 124 We Care 2 Backpacks of supplies and age-appropriate information delivered to newly diagnosed children..
· 74 families with education and networking at Camp Kandu
· 85 Health Professionals with Continuing Medical Education at our Annual CME Meeting
· 250 People with diabetes education at our 2020 Diabetes Super Conference
-emergency medical assistance to 300 individuals who could not afford the insulin they need to survive.
The Mississippi Walk for Diabetes was and is one of my favorite fall activities! While it will look a little different this year, the goal is still the same: to raise money and awareness of this wonderful organization.
Thank you for supporting my team!