The Augusta/Aiken 2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is more than just a walk to the Kaemmerlings – it’s an effort that could have an impact on their lives and those of many other families.
Quinton and Leslie Kaemmerling’s youngest daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year when she was admitted to the intensive care unit at a pediatric hospital during what was supposed to be a fun family vacation to Disney World.
“They had all types of online videos for us to learn about (Type 1 diabetes),” Quinton said.
“It was good for her to see other children who were swimming and checking their numbers or playing soccer and checking their numbers.”
Over the past year, it’s been a constant adjustment but the more they’ve learned, the easier it has become, said Leslie.
Isabella, now 5, has her glucose level tested four to six times a day and receives four shots a day.
“She’s very brave,” said Leslie. “She doesn’t complain.”
On Saturday, the family’s team of 18 will walk for the second year in the local walk to raise funds for the JDRF, a research foundation for Type 1 diabetes. The walk will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road in Martinez.
Last year, the family raised $1,600. This year, the team has raised more than $4,700.
“We want to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes but more importantly, raise money for the research to find a cure,” said Leslie.
For more information about the walk, make a donation or sign up to walk, visit www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-GA/Chapter-Georgia4147?pg=entry&frid-2311.