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Mr. Max Bello
103 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $6,500.00
Achieved: $6,692.00

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My name is Max Bello and I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 12 years after being diagnosed at the age of 5. This condition has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until four years ago when my younger brother Grant was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes that I truly understood how drastic one's life can change. Although these past years have been filled with stress and frustration from having to manage this disease 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, diabetes has presented me with a multitude of amazing opportunities. These opportunities have helped me understand and become extremely thankful for the fact that I have access to some of the world's best doctors and most advanced medical technologies. I have also become aware that this is far from the reality of many families dealing with Type 1 Diabetes across the world. Many people struggle to obtain even the most basic materials and knowledge to care for themselves. It has become my goal to do all that I can to help those that are less fortunate.

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" a diabetes education camp for young people living with diabetes, and participating in outreach activities such as hospital & home visits.

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.ayudavolunteer.org)

I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in July, but my journey begins today! I need to reach my fundraising goal by July 6th. 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.

Mail to:

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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