Beat Type1 Diabetes Down with Kaiya and the Ruffnecks

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

The Ruffneck Scarves team is honored to walk with Kaiya in the annual "Beat The Bridge"/ JDRF walk in Seattle to raise money for the fight against juvenile diabetes.

Help us in the fight against Type1 diabetes.

Buy Kaiya's Scarf (100% of proceeds goes to JDRF)

For the first 9 ½ years of her life, Kaiya Castellanos spent most of her time doing what girls her age typically do. She went to school with her cousins and friends. She enjoyed art and writing poetry. She played soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Kaiya spent most of her time outdoors being active on her bike, pogo and rip stick. She loved to go hiking and fishing with her dad, mom, and older brother. Kaiya was also very loving, helping her mom and dad to welcome several foster children into their home. Other than doing a few chores around the house, Kaiya was living a carefree life.

On March 6, 2017 Kaiya was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. When Type T1D strikes children, it is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting and blood-glucose testing, and a lifelong dependence on injected insulin. Insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent against the possibility of serious complications such as kidney failure, blindness, and stroke.

Kaiya is still the same fun loving active girl, but now testing her blood-glucose 6-8 times a day and receiving 4-5 insulin injections a day. By the time Kaiya reaches the age of 68, she will have endured over 198,560 finger pokes for blood-glucose testing and suffered through over 99,280 insulin injections.

Donations will help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation continue to bring life-changing therapies to the T1D community until they can find a cure for this serious autoimmune disease. 

Help fight Type1 Diabetes with your purchase of Kaiya's scarf. (100% of proceeds go to JDRF)

You can also donate directly to JDRF by clicking here

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