Archive for April, 2011

Fundraising for a CURE of Diabetes – since 1963

April 19, 2011

Taken from “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography” by A. K. Buckroth

Chapter 3 “There are Others.” Page 54

“…The St. Jude’s Hospital [monetary collection] went on for many years during most, if not all, of my elementary school days with the inclusion of [my] siblings once they were old enough to walk.  Always in a cold, New England fall, mom bundled us up after supper, remaining in our school uniforms, to accomplish this task.  Not only did we represent St. Mary’s [School], but we represented the onslaught of diabetes.  I knew the nuns at school would be happy with our booty.  Praise was appreciated and well heard, incentive enough for me to do it again.  Simple.

“Well, the neighbors, all of them on that street [where I grew up], got to know us pretty well.  It wasn’t long before doors were opened in welcome and dollars and change poured into our manila collection envelopes.  Surprisingly, we never did receive a gift, a prize, some type of incentive that is offered these days to children in their elementary schools when they collect a certain amount of money, the most money of their peers.  Collections were done out of the goodness of our hearts with a Christian attitude.  We did it because it was a good thing – a pain in the neck – but a good thing nonetheless.  It brought hope to this disease.  Hope of a cure.

Novena to St. Jude:
“Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of.  Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.  Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help.  Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and suffering, particularly with diabetes.  And that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever.  I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.  Amen.

“To this day, St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a thriving enterprise affecting [and effecting] childhood illnesses and diseases of all kinds with effervescent hope!  St Jude is a spiritual and personal ally.  I faithfully wear a medallion of St. Jude, patron saint of the hopeless, a saint acknowledged for terminal cases, along with my Medic Alert medallion. After all, I am terminal.  I wear both medallions with pride as an acceptance to myself of myself, but to allow others some peace of mind.

“Managing diabetes in school had not become a headline until October 8, 2003, to be exact.  The keyword is “managing.”  In California, Assembly Bill 942 was passed to allow diabetic students to be able to use their managing supplies (e. g., glucose meters) and medications (insulin injections, glucose tablets) anywhere on school grounds as opposed to having to go the nurses’ office and/or principal’s office.  Of course, this depends upon the comprehension level of the diabetic student regarding his/her knowledge of self-care.  Self-care is very important and gained through knowledge, grown through experience.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they wer great and noble.” – Helen Keller.”

More information is available at mydiabeticsoul.com.  Thank you.  A. K. Buckroth, Author.

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Diabetes Tour de Cure

April 19, 2011

Close to home, in Roseville, California, this fundraising bike ride for diabetes awarenes and a cure is happening on April 30, 2011. Here’s the link: http://tour.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TC_homepage.  If not accessible through this blog post, please google or search “Diabetes Tour de Cure” for details. 

Inspired, once again, to participate in anything to promote a cure for diabetes, I have conceded and registered for this event. I have always enjoyed liesurely bike rides and parttake in many during good weather days.  However, I am now on a mission – another one –  and need your help!

My goal is to ride 20 miles. Why only twenty miles?  Because I have another Diabetes Speaking Engagement to participate in later that same morning.

Sure, I know I can physically ride longer, but that won’t happen – this time.

So, I need your hlep.  I need your help to raise money.  After the $25.00 registration fee per participant, a minimum of $150.00 is required per order of the American Diabetes Association. They are hosting this event.  They make the rules. 

Here’s what I figured: 20 miles at ten cents a mile = $2.00; 20 miles at 25 cents per mile = $5.00; 20 miles at fifty cents per mile = $10.00; and 20 miles at one dollar per mile = $20.00.  I’ll accept whatever you can contribute.

I am requesting that you make a donation, whatever the amount, through me and my biking efforts.  Yep, I’m asking you to sponsor me, it’s just as simple as that!  Another positive for you is that this is a “contributory” tax write-off!  I like those myself!

Checks must be made out to “The American Diabetes Association” and sent to my attention at P. O. Box 601013, Sacramento, CA 95608.

See, short and sweet. I thank you in advance for your considerations, honest!

Best regards….A. K. Buckroth, mydiabeticsoul.com.

“The Center for Diabetes Education”

April 5, 2011

“The Center for Diabetes Education (www.bartoncenter.org) is a long running and long-standing  non-profit organization.   I know first hand. 

I fell in love with this summer camp for girls as a child many years ago at the age of six.  Having been diagnosed with diabetes at the age of two, a diabetologist doctor (Charles A. Graham) at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, highly suggested my camp attendance.  My mother did not have to hear this twice.  She trusted the word of Dr. Graham.  I did as well. 

So, it was agreed.  Off to camp I went for my first  two weeks.  Never did I think that I would be able to go back every summer for the next nine summers!  I remained elated every year and robustly looked forward to the adventure!   

Originally known as “The Clara Barton Birthplace Camp,” the history behind this particular camp is short but succinct, beginning in 1932.  “Clara Barton, a well-acknowledged Civil War nurse, was born at the camps’ present site in 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts.  Ms. Barton’s claim to fame was her founding the American Red Cross organization through her compassionate humanitarianism.  Being a Universalist by faith, her Church purchased the 96 acres of land for use for inner-city youths.  With Dr. Elliott P. Joslin’s dedication to diabetic children as far back as 1921, these combined efforts and knowledge led to the creation of “The Clara Barton Birthplace Camp,” now known as “The Center for Diabetes Education (CDE).”

Since the CDE’s founding, many summer camps across the United States have followed suit for the care of children with diabetes.   At this writing, I am saddened to have not been able to locate such an organization among other countries.   CDE is known internationally, giving me the opportunity to meet diabetic children from other countries. 

Through my experiences at CDE those many years past, I thoroughly encourage the caregivers – parents, grandparents, guardians, family member and friends – of diabetic children to allow them to go to such a specific camp.  Their learning experiences will not only be delightful, but their social skills with diabetes, their learning how to take care of themselves is and will be priceless!

My high appraisal of CDE may be read in my book called “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography.” 

To date, partial proceeds from the sale of my book go toward CDE: its operations and maintenance, its infirmary medical supplies, sports equipment for the children, sleeping bags and camping necessities, etc.  Their ‘wish list’ never changes!  This can be found at their website as noted.  And “My Diabetic Soul…” is often sold at a discount through this website: mydiabeticsoul.com!   

In retrospect, when purchasing a copy whether it be as an E-book, a Paperback, or an Audio Book, consider the purchase as a tax write-off!  This is something to keep in mind with all of your purchases, especially if you consider yourself an entrepreneur or a small business owner.

To briefly conclude, this is one way you can help educate youngsters effected and affected with and by diabetes.  This is a family disease.  Therefor, you will be assisting families and their constant learning efforts regarding the bafflement and confusion of diabetes.  Your help is appreciated.

Truly…A. K. Buckroth

mydiabeticsoul.com