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Grant E Bello
My name is Grant Bello and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 11 years old. Ever since I was 4 years old, Type One Diabetes has been a part of my life after my older brother, Max, was diagnosed 12 years ago at the age of 5. I remember as a young child my family participated in numerous diabetes walks in support of my brother, it was there that everyone said we were going to find a cure. Taking this literally, I kept my eyes wide open, looking for the cure. Eventually, my parents told me that we wouldn't literally find the cure during these fundraising events, but ever since I have been committed to doing whatever I can to help find a cure. Six years later, it became a reality in my life when I was diagnosed with this life changing condition. Fortunately, I have had access to some of the world's best doctors and most advanced technologies. I am extremely grateful for living in a country where i have this level of care. While living with Type 1 Diabetes, I have become well aware of the many challenges that it poses. This had made me realize that there are many people around the world who are not able to access these same resources, turning what can be a challenging chronic condition into a life threatning one. As a result, I want to use my experince as someone living with diabetes to help those who 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.
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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