Gabrielle's Fundraiser Page for Campo Amingo Domincano Diabetes Camp
Hi there! As I conclude my last day in the DR, I would like to inform you all as to how my trip went. I came to the DR knowing I would be helping Ayuda pursue their mission to help educate those living with diabetes. What I didn't know was that this trip would be so much more than just camp. During the three weeks I was here, I not only helped run a educational camp for the youth and parents of the DR, but also participated in several outreach missions. These outreach days consisted of visiting some of our local campers homes as well as visiting hospital and clinics in the area. Whether it was at camp or at the outreach days, I was amazed at the persistence and upbeat spirit everyone had. Though managing diabetes in the DR is a lot more difficult than in the states, that didn't stop any of these kids from living their lives. I have learned so much from my new Ayuda peers and campers. I am excited to come back to the states with all of the new culture, information, and motivation I have to share from this trip. Thank you to everyone who supported me in carrying out Ayuda's mission. I couldn't have made the difference I did without all of your support!
Here to tell you my story.
It has been 17 years since diabetes set in
Only now I’m in my college days glory
I’ve had a pump attached to my rump,
And more shots than I want to say
But don’t feel bad - I’m managing well,
Years of caring for myself everyday.
This disease has never stopped me from living,
Although at times it’s worn me down,
Having diabetes has taught me so much,
Luckily with the best support system around.
The summers at camp where I learned to carb count,
Team Little Miss Magic on Diabetes walk day,
I couldn’t manage this disease alone,
And thank G-d it hasn’t been that way.
Youth Ambassador for JDRF,
Hiking in Montana while keeping blood sugars in line
the list goes on and on
all these experiences have led me to be just fine.
My parents STILL worry each day and night
of the complications that could be in sight
Now I have the passion to help ed-u-cate
and be the others best ad-vo-cate.
WHAT I WILL BE DOING:
This summer, I will embark on a life-changing experience in the Dominican Republic (DR) as a volunteer for AYUDA. Together with AYUDA's in-country partner organization, Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV - "learning to live") and my fellow volunteers, we will organize diabetes education initiatives for young people living with diabetes. These initiatives include "Campo Amigo Dominicano" a diabetes education camp for young people living with diabetes, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits.
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that has no regard for gender, race or ethnicity. It is caused when one’s body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the bloodstream and causes life-threatening complications. Because your body no longer produces insulin, insulin must be given through injections for the rest of one’s life after diagnosis in order to live. Even though it has been almost 100 years since the discovery of insulin in the treatment of diabetes, there are still many gaps in the care of those living with diabetes across the world, especially in low to middle income countries (LMIC), such as the Dominican Republic. These countries lack not only adequate access to needed medical supplies, but also essential and life-saving education.
AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities in their development and implementation of sustainable and global diabetes programs. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives.
AYUDA endeavors to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for their programs. In fact, without fundraising by volunteers like me, AYUDA’s in-country work would not be possible.
For more information about AYUDA and its important work, please visit their website. (www.ayudainc.net )
I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 1st. Please support me in this important goal by making a contribution. A tax-deductible donation online makes supporting AYUDA quick and easy. You can also send your contribution to the address listed below.
To mail in a donation, please, make all checks payable to: AYUDA Inc. and please put my name in the Memo field.
AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference. Your support will ensure that local diabetes programs 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. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
¡Juntos Somos Más Fuertes!
Together We Are Stronger!
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