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Untitled Giving Project: Insulin Pumps & CGMs for kids

It has long been my dream to find a way to give insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors to children that need but can't afford them. Today after two years of research and preparation I am ready to take the first step towards making my dream a reality. 

I hope that you can imagine with me the collective good that would come from lifting just a part of the massive stress that managing a child's type I diabetes brings to a family. My family is lucky enough to have good insurance and the means to pay the out of pocket costs that are associated with these fantastic devices. I feel a grand desire to help the children that aren't as fortunate. I have a plan, an agreement to buy devices at cost and enough enthusiasm to lift my house, I just need one last thing... a little help. My goal is to identify and outfit the first child with a device by the spring of 2012. After that I'm going to keep going until I can't find another child suffering or struggling with multiple daily injections and wishing that they could use an insulin pump. I'm going to keep going until every parent has the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their child's CGM will wake them when blood glucose levels get dangerously low. Until type I is cured - I'm going to make these focuses my personal mission. I have the time, the knowledge, the desire and hope.

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What an amazingly wonderful goal you have and wish you all the luck in reaching your goal. I will be following your journey. Thank you!!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicole

Thank you Nicole! Please spread the word, just a few dollars from each person that sees this will get us to the goal very quickly... and then we can begin to do the real work.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott

all the best with this.

we're at the mercy of NHS policy here in the UK. But they are finally agreeing to apply for pump funding for my son. My daughter got hers just under 2 years ago. She was awarded part-time sensors in July. Dr isn't going to apply for senors my son yet and has warmed that my daughter might not keep her part-time funding much longer.

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela (Toucan Scraps)

Angela - Thank you for the wishes! I hope the things work out for your family... truly breaks my heart that you are having this difficulty. Maybe one day I can help! Best,

November 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

That is a very inspirational post. I agree we need to help these kids in particular - I was diagnosed at 18, and it's hard for me to imagine how much they must be going through, even if they don't fully realize it.

We do need to get going on the cure front too. Money is being donated in large amounts, but is not always going to the right places. The organization I contribute to - the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance, wants to make sure that it does go towards a cure - but for that we need conscious people to speak up.

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStoyan

This is truly inspirational! Thank You. We'll continue to help you in this effort.

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne


Your words and your gift are both very generous. I'll be putting everything I have into honoring them both. Best,

November 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Thank you for having the courage to follow your passion!!

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCori-Ann

Thank you for the kind words of support! I'm excited for the challenge.

November 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Your post just makes me realise how fortunate we are here in Finland. No health system is perfect but I cannot imagine the battle people go through just to get basic supplies, let alone a pump and CGMS. Good luck in your 'challenge' !

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Heikkinen

Amanda - Thank you so much for the gift and for taking the time to share your thoughts!

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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