Aug 11, 2017 3:47 PM
HOPKINTON — When some parents ask if their child is high, they are not talking about drugs.
For parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, the real problem is high blood sugar levels, which can cause the kids to go into a coma because their bodies do not produce the insulin needed to process the sugar.
Due to the daily struggle faced by their families and children, parents of Type 1 diabetic children gathered Friday at the Duston Country Club in Hopkinton from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to hold a golf tournament/fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Jon Cook, father of 11-year-old Anna Cook, who has Type 1 diabetes, spearheaded the event, which was meant to raise money so his family could ride in the JDRF 100-mile bike ride for a cure. In order to participate, each biker needed to raise $2,000.
Rather than sending out fliers or begging for donations, Jon decided to host a community golf tournament
"We decided instead of just asking people for money, we would do something fun," Cook said. "Basically, give the money in a funner way. The ultimate goal is to give back to JDRF, to further the things that are changing, the technology that is coming out. Obviously, looking for a cure is the final goal."
Although the majority of the population may not recognize the disease as a widespread problem, 1 in every 100 people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and there is no cure.
When parents hear their son or daughter has Type 1 diabetes, the first thought is how do they treat it. Unfortunately, the diagnosis means a constant battle to balance the child's blood sugar/insulin levels for the rest of their life through the use of insulin pumps, different monitoring equipment, and counting every single carbohydrate eaten.
Anna showed her own activism in the diabetic community when she went to Washington D.C. recently as the New Hampshire delegate for the Children's Congress. Anna proudly wore her Children's congress T-shirt as she spoke about the experience.
"I talked to the Senators (Hassan and Shaheen) and (Congresswoman Ann) Kuster, and I just explained to them how diabetes affects my life and many others," Anna said. "How we want (the government) to renew the Special Diabetes Program and give more money to help get more pumps and technology (for) kids and adults who have Type 1."
Overall, the Cook family, along with help from everyone who assisted in making the golf tournament a success, raised over $3,000 for the JDRF and the hunt for a cure.
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