No more Diabetes!

by Luana Vaders Burke

Supporting: Kids & Teens with Diabetes Spotlight for Dancing for Diabetes

My name is Luana, I am 8 years old. I am in 3rd grade. I am a normal child and I am a good student ,I am very good in Math and English. 

I love my family, my dogs, pizza, candies in general, play with my friends, and I really love horses. I can pet it and control it the same I do with my little dog.

My dream is to be a farmer, have my horses and lots of animals. My parents will help me in my farm.

Regarding diabetes: I was diagnosticated with T1D in June, 02 2016. For my parents it was a surprise because no one in our family has T1D.

I don?t like to talk about diabetes, I am a little lazy to explain it to others because many people think I might have had too much food and too little exercise,  or my parents didn?t take care of me very well and because of that I got T1D. 

These ideas are very wrong, because T1D is an IMUNE DISEASE.

It doesn?t matter how much food I EAT or NOT, how much exercise I DO or NOT and there are no natural treatments for T1D.

My urgent wish is the cure for T1D, because I don?t like shots and needles.

I want one day not have to use my insulin pump anymore (this little machine keeps my life safe). 

I would really love to know that my mom and my dad could once again sleep tight all night when I 'm cured (they don?t sleep well since June, 2016).


"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 

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

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