Welcome to Cooper's Personal Page
I recently finished my outreach work in the Dominican Republic! Through my efforts, I visited five different communities and reached individuals in various areas throughout the country. Working alongside a group of volunteers, I taught individuals about the inner-workings of diabetes, the differences between type 1 and type 2, and encouraged proper and consistent medication use. I was particularly struck by the lack of diabetes knowledge available within the communities that we visited. This being said, we were incredibly successful in our work and provided individuals with invaluable information regarding their health and diabetes management. I want to thank everyone for making this experience possible! I couldn't have done it without the support of my friends and family. Despite the program's completion, I look to continue raising funds for AYUDA and the cause so that I may reach my fundraising goal. If you haven't contributed or wish to contribute more, please consider making a donation through this page or by mailing in a check. Additionally, in the near future, I plan to post a further detailed account of my journey and experience here in the Dominican Republic with AYUDA.
All my best,
Greetings Friends and Family,
This upcoming summer I have been granted the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic as a volunteer for AYUDA, American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad. AYUDA strives to empower youth to serve as agents of social change in diabetes communities throughout the world. Working alongside this nonprofit organization, I will organize education initiatives for young people who are living with this condition.
After walking the stage at my high school graduation, I anticipated a typical summer before college, saying goodbye to family and friends as I transitioned to the next phase of my life. However, only a few days after graduation, I found myself in the hospital with a blood sugar level in the upper 500s and subsequently I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. I spent the summer coming to terms with the diagnosis and learning how to manage life with diabetes. Through both the support of loved ones and medical guidance from doctors and diabetes nurse practitioners I learned to cope with the disease and alter my lifestyle to manage blood sugar levels. Today I find myself equipped with the skills and support necessary to live a happy, productive, and healthy life.
In the Dominican Republic, the same resources afforded me are much harder to come by. As a result, youth living with diabetes lack access to proper medical supplies, education, and the mentorship necessary to achieve positive health outcomes. This lack of access can lead to severe and life threatening complications. AYUDA’s mission is to provide and connect underprivileged youth with the resources necessary for positive health outcomes in diabetes communities abroad. I ask that you consider making a donation to AYUDA to support a mission that is both important to global wellness and personal to me.
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.
Mail to: AYUDA Inc, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington VA 22209
For more information about AYUDA and its important work, please visit their website www.ayudainc.net .
Thank you for your support and for making this learning opportunity possible!
¡Juntos Somos Mas Fuertes! Together We Are Stronger!
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