Hi, my name is Sadie and I will be 10 years old on my next birthday. I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for over 6 years.
In the short amount of time I have been alive, I’ve poked my finger to test my blood sugar over 15,000 times. I’ve had over 8,000 insulin shots. I’ve changed my insulin pump site over 300 times. And, have changed my continuous glucose monitor site over 500 times. That’s a lot of pokes and needles!
Even though these things are physically challenging and painful, it’s just as painful when people don’t understand what I’m going through. I don’t like to have to answer the same question over and over again. I don’t like to have to leave my class because my blood sugar is low. I don’t like waking
up in the middle of the night needing a drink and a shot because my blood sugar is high. I don’t like falling asleep scared that my blood sugar might drop so low that it becomes an emergency. There is nothing fun about Diabetes…except the friends I have met through Dancing For Diabetes!
Dancing For Diabetes means a lot to me and my family! The day of the show is such a fun and memorable one! I love that all my family and friends come to support me and my friends in hopes of finding a cure for T1D. Please tell everyone you know about the show and how they can help support research and finding a cure. Every ticket purchased and every dollar given means that one day I would be free of shots, free of testing my blood sugar, free of pump site and continuous glucose monitor site changes….it means that one day I would just be a normal little girl again.
"Kids & Teens with Diabetes" is a program which offers an opportunity for children and teens living with Type 1 Diabetes to build lasting friendships, gain dance experience, and let loose in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment. Members of the program participate in a series of free dance classes each Fall that conclude with a performance in our live annual show, "Dancing for Diabetes."
You can support this year's program by making a general donation below or through "sponsoring" one or more of our participants above. We hope you will then join us all on Saturday, December 9 at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando for the 17th Annual Dancing for Diabetes showcase as we cheer on these inspiring Type 1 Warriors! Tickets are available at drphillipscenter.org.
Dancing for Diabetes spreads awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives. Learn more at www.dancing4diabetes.com.