11:30 a.m., June 14)
Connor raises over $40,000 in fight against Type 1 diabetes
By Fred Sherwin
Eight-ear-old Connor Ouellette has raised
over $40,000 during the past five years in
the fight against Type 1 diabetes with the
help of a team of over 60 supporters. Photo
it comes to fundraising, big things often come in small
packages, and there is no greater example of that than
eight-year-old Connor Ouellette who has managed to raise
over $40,000 in the fight against Type 1 diabetes over
the past three years.
was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, better known as juvenile
diabetes, in 2009. Although he demonstrated the common
symptoms of unquenchable thirst and frequent urination,
his parents thought he had a bladder infection. It wasn't
until his blood tests came back confirming he had Type
1 diabetes, that their lives changed forever.
tests his blood between eight and 20 times per day and
receives two to four needles every day to control his
blood sugar. He has had three hypoglycemic seizures caused
by low blood sugar in the last year, six n total. Since
his diagnosis, he has tested his blood over 10,000 times
and has had over 3,500 insulin injections.
it all he has maintained as normal a life as possible.
He is a positive, kind, funny and active little boy who
doesn't let this disease get in his way. He plays hockey,
does karate and hip hop dance, and loves to swim.
Connor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009, the
Ouellettes decided to participate in the Telus Walk to
Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
2011, Connor had an entire team of dedicated fundraisers
behind him and they managed to raise over $5,000. Last
year, they more than tripled that amount thanks in large
part to Connors Pub which donated the proceeds from their
annual golf tournament to the cause.
year the 60-plus members of Team Canada managed to raise
another $11,000 bringing their grand total to more than
to the start of this year's walk, Connor was recognized
for raising the largest sum of money among the teams that
participated in 2012.
is a common misconception that kids diagnosed with Juvenile
Diabetes will somehow outgrow the illness. Nothing could
be further from the truth. Kids like Connor are insulin
dependent for rest of their lives.
is being conducted to try and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes
and clinical trials are being planned here in Canada.
But until a cure is found Connor and his dedicated team
of supporters will continue to raise thousands of dollars
to help fund those efforts.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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