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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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