Cameron Moser - AYUDA 2017
Type I diabetes is a cause that is very close to my heart. My younger sister Charlotte was diagnosed with this chronic condition at the age of five. That was 11 years ago, and she still has to manage her Type 1 diabetes 24/7, 365 days a year. When she was first diagnosed, I learned how to give her shots and help her test her blood sugar, upwards of ten times per day. She received hundreds of shots for several months and then started wearing an insulin pump and doing regular infusion site changes. She continues to test her blood sugar multiple times a day, count the carbohydrates in everything she eats, and treat low and high blood sugars, even in the middle of the night.
This summer, I will be travelling to the Dominican Republic and volunteering with the nonprofit AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). Collaborating with the local organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir ("learning to live"), and a really passionate group of volunteers, I will be spending several weeks working with children with Type I diabetes. I will be helping to organize educational programming to empower these children to manage their own diabetes and live a healthy life. These initiatives include running "Campo Amigo Dominicano" a diabetes education camp for young people, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital and home visits.
What is Type I:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body loses its ability to produce insulin. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, there is no correlation between the onset of Type 1 diabetes and fitness or obesity. Currently, there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes and daily insulin (by pump or syringe), blood glucose monitoring and constant adjustment for carbohydrate intake is required to manage this disease properly. Risks of short and long term complications are always present with this life-threatening illness.
My Involvement with AYUDA:
Many people in the Dominican Republic don't have access to the resources or the education required to effectively manage their diabetes… and the results can be fatal. I am excited by the opportunity to use my Spanish language skills, the knowledge I have gained from helping my sister, and my training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to make an impact in the lives of children with diabetes.
How You Can Help:
AYUDA endeavors to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for their programs. Your support will ensure that AYUDA's local diabetes initiatives will continue to thrive and that young people in these communities will have access to education and tools that will help them live happier, healthier lives with diabetes.
You can easily make a tax-deductible contribution online and help me reach my goal.
If you prefer to make a donation by mail, a check payable to “AYUDA Inc,” with my name in the Memo field can be mailed to: AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. Remember that many employers will match donations to AYUDA allowing you to double your impact.
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