Being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes
turns a person's world upside down, especially when it's a child's world.
The Kevin Shannon Foundation helps newly diagnosed children and
their families through this difficult transition period. KSF purchases Bags of Hope to be donated to The Chicago Children's Diabetes
Center at LaRabida Children's Hospital and Research Center.
The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
created the Bags of Hope as an effort to reach children with diabetes and
their families at the time of diagnosis with a comprehensive collection of
educational and comforting materials. The Bag contains items intended to
communicate directly with the child with diabetes as well as items geared
toward the adult caregivers. It contains items such as the JDF Kids "Have
Hope" video; Rufus, the bear with diabetes; and books, such as "'Taking
Diabetes to School', 'The Kids, Food & Family Cookbook', and 'Parenting a
Child With Diabetes'".
Through these gifts, KSF does one of
the things it was created to do: support research and education in the
field of juvenile diabetes. The Chicago Children's Diabetes Center
offers medical evaluation and consultation; individualized, age
appropriate patient and family instruction; personalized nutritional
counseling; a progressive diabetes management approach; intensive insulin
therapy, and ongoing assessment, planning, and intervention.
Living with juvenile diabetes is not
easy, but it is manageable. KSF hopes that The Bags of Hope will help get
this message to the young patients and their families who receive it.