Over 125 students, parents, and community members showed their support during the ‘Walk the Block for Carson Scott’ in Arbuckle on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
7-year-old Carson Scotts diagnoses of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes in August of 2014 was a life changing event for him and his family.
“It was heartbreaking,” said Carson’s mother Christina Scott, “He was very sick and was in the hospital for three days – during that time, we realized just how strong he was, and he truly is our superhero.”
With the Scott Family participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s ‘One Walk’ in October – family, friends, and communities came out to support Carson with a pre-walk fundraising event.
Dressed in blue shirts, surrounded by blue balloons and lively emotions, participants learned a little about Carson’s journey and opened their wallets giving to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
The Pierce High School Cheerleaders were in attendance, performing a number of routines – cheering on Carson and his friends as they walked around the neighborhood.
“Carson was excited about today, but he was also a little bit nervous because he doesn’t like all of the attention,” said Christina Scott, “this disease can be so isolating for the little kids, and we have amazing friends and community members who’ve come together and supported us.”
According to Andrea Bedart, Pierce Joint Unified School District School Nurse, Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder of the body’s immune system in which the immune system attacks and destroys cells in an individual’s pancreas that are normally responsible for producing insulin. Insulin helps the body move glucose (sugar) contained in food into cells throughout the body.
However, if these beta cells in the pancreas cannot produce insulin, these sugars stay in the blood instead which can cause serious damage to other organs in the body. For this reason, people with Type 1 diabetes are what we would call insulin dependent and must take insulin to survive. To do this, one must undergo multiple injections of insulin daily, or have insulin delivered through an insulin pump. They must also test their blood sugar six or more times a day and carefully balance their diet and exercise to regulate sugar levels. All of these actions acting as an attempt to avoid hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes which both can be life-threatening.
“Carson Scott is one of many that have to face the challenges of living with Type 1 Diabetes everyday. Let me tell you…he ROCKS it and is the bravest little boy I know!” said Bedart.
“I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported Carson, and I would like to thank Donna Green who suggested and organized the event – our community is so blessed to have her,” said Christina Scott, “we are one step closer to finding a cure – going from type one to type none.”
The Scott Family would also like to thank Alsco Ace Hardware for providing popcorn and balloons for the event. ■