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Alexis

by Alexis West

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

My name is Alexis and I am 8 years old and in the 3rd Grade.  I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was just 2 years old.  I have now had diabetes for 6 years.  I love to perform, be it acting, singing, dancing or modeling.  I love fashion and shopping.  I love to spend time with family and friends especially my Grandy!  I recently began writing a book about Diabetes with my friend Kayla called "The Diabetes Book to Help Diabetes Go Away".  I want to find a cure for diabetes so I won't have to constantly monitor my blood glucose (aka blood sugar)  levels and watch what I eat and drink 24/7 hours a day and  365 days a year.  I would love for my Mom to be able to sleep thru the night without worrying about my blood sugars going too high or going too low.  When my blood sugars start going too low at night, my Mom has to wake me up and give me juice to keep my blood sugars in a safe range to keep me alive.  My blood sugars sometimes also go too high and require me to have to have a shot of insulin if my insulin pump isn't working properly.  I really hate shots and it really isn't much fun always having to prick my finger to check my blood sugar on a daily basis.  So won't you please consider making a donation to Dancing for Diabetes and helping us advocate and encourage others to help us fight to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  

I also want to reach out and thank everyone who has helped my family and I on this journey with Type 1 Diabetes.  I want to thank my Grandy, my Parents, my Doctors and Nurses (Dr. Desrosiers, Dr. Yang, Dr. Lim, Nurse Lindsay, Nurse Sarah, Nurse Christina, Nurse Shane).  I want to thank all my Teachers at Trinity Lutheran School-Downtown (Mrs. Dalene, Mrs. McKinnon, Mrs. Green, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Tesch),  who have helped me manage my diabetes at school and kept me safe.  I want to thank everyone at the Nightscout Foundation, the Members of the FB groups CGM in the Cloud and LOOPED for all their efforts to make living with Type 1 Diabetes easier and safer.  I want to thank and recognize both Children with Diabetes - Friends for Life and Dancing for Diabetes for teaching me to live my life to the fullest and for the lifelong friendships I have made along the way.  Thank you Mrs. Elizabeth for including me in your program Dancing for Diabetes and thank you Mrs. Kelly for teaching me all the cool moves for our upcoming performance.  I hope everyone enjoys our show!!!


About

"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.


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