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That’s the message 8 year old Caleb wants you to learn and live by each day.
Believe you can make a difference!
Believe that hope starts now.
Be a part of hope by supporting Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.
Imagine a world without diabetes!
When you first meet young Caleb, you notice his bright blue eyes and wide smile. His intelligence radiates, filling any room. His courage is undeniable and his inspiration is like sunshine and a rainbow coupled into one beautiful, unforgettable horizon.
You would not know Caleb faced the daily challenge of type 1 diabetes. A challenge that has Caleb injecting himself with insulin in his stomach 8 times a day. Caleb’s quality of life can be greatly improved by new technology, which you can be a part of funding for years to come. Diabetes may seem like a terrifying disease without a cure in sight, but you have the power to help change the future through supporting our diabetes research, education and care programs.
For Caleb, one eye is on his eight year old life and one eye is on his glucose levels. That is the reality of his life. This new normal began three years ago. Caleb was drinking bottles of water at night. His mom searched the internet for his symptoms and suspected diabetes. A trip to the emergency room confirmed a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
What is Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 diabetes often starts in childhood and is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. A person with type 1 diabetes requires multiple daily injections of insulin to survive. The cause is unknown and currently there is no cure.
Caleb became part of the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) family while participating in a research trial. The trial tested the accuracy of a new Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). A CGM is an FDA-approved device that provides continuous insight into glucose levels throughout the day and night. The device has a thin wire sensor inserted just below the skin to detect glucose levels, “It kind of hurts going in,” Caleb said. “I had to have a lot of courage during the trial.”
When Caleb participated in the trial at SDRI, his family felt like the red carpet was rolled out for them, “It was so refreshing to walk in and everyone was so nice. We felt like we were super important,” said Caleb’s mom. “It was a good experience to see what a CGM was like, especially at night time.” At night, Caleb’s blood sugar can drop dangerously low and the CGM will alert his parents of a potential health emergency.
While researchers pour time and energy into finding a cure, Caleb also has an idea. We asked Caleb which superhero he would want to be right now. Without hesitation Caleb announced, “Diabetes Boy.” Caleb said Diabetes Boy would carry diabetes supplies on his belt and fly down to help kids with diabetes. “Diabetes Boy would be able to help parents figure out what is wrong with their children, like my age, who are experiencing symptoms of type 1 diabetes. He comes to their house and says your daughter or son has type 1 diabetes, you need to take your child to the hospital,” Caleb explained.
Caleb teaches us all something very important, a life-long lesson. You are never too small to make a difference. His goal is, “To help other families with their children who have type 1 diabetes.”
Your contribution is never too little to be the source of hope for a cure for diabetes. You can!
Caleb’s dad explains his hope for the future, “We all hope that there is a cure out there. Our dream is that Caleb just wakes up one day and there is no more diabetes.”
You can help Caleb’s family get closer to their dream coming true by sending your gift today! You will know that you’re meeting real needs for people who are counting on you!
Your gift will provide hope for children like Caleb, hope that the research he participates in at SDRI can one day lead to a cure! Believe you can make a difference and you can do it right now!