September, 2014 Edition 
Live Active, Dream BIG Challenge - 
Take the Challenge NOW with Chris & Chris 
Just exercising 30 minutes a day can make a drastic difference in your health, particularly benefitting those with diabetes. Sign up now to join the fun with Chris Dudley and Chris McGowan, and look for opportunities to sign the live Challenge banner! Take the November Live Active, Dream BIG Challenge and commit to "30 for 30" - 30 minutes of daily exercise for the 30 days of November, National Diabetes Month. You can win great prizes & awards, powered by Fred Meyer, plus the chance to attend the December 4 Circle on the Court, when the Portland Trail Blazers will help spotlight diabetes. Dream and go BIG - take the Challenge!

Unite4Wellness in the Pacific Northwest
Learn more at Unite4Wellness about how the Pacific Northwest can unite to combat diabetes, and empower ourselves to live healthy, active lives. Together, we can build a healthier, more active community throughout November, National Diabetes Month, and during Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week (PNDW) November 14-22. Check back often for more exciting events and dates TBA!

Write Your Story
Like Will Oberndorfer is showing us, we can make a difference! Whether you have a life-changing condition like diabetes, or lead a seemingly ordinary life in a small town or big city, Brad Meltzer's inspirational Tedtalk emphasizes the importance of sharing your story. Every story has the potential to change the world! 

Meet the Diabetes Heroes...Ta Dah! 
Telling one's type 1 or type 2 diabetes story can occur in many different ways! Sometimes being a hero helps others to stand up and listen in a fun, educational and entertaining way.

Sept 14 - This Year's "Miss America" Pageant has a type 1 Miss Idaho! 
As the "Miss America" pageant prepares to unfold, Miss Idaho, Sierra Sandison, has done an incredible sharing her own diabetes story and demonstrating how it is possible to pursue your dreams with type 1 diabetes, but she has also made incredible strides in awareness and education by wearing her pump on stage during the Idaho swimsuit competition!

Divabetics - Wellness with a WOW! 
The "Divabetics" are also here to tell their diabetes stories and to inspire you along the way. Through talk radio, blogging, podcasts and videos, Divabetics aim to bring some humor and fun into your life, along with valuable tips and advice for navigating your way to wellness with diabetes.
Back to School Time 
Whether you're heading off to college, back to school, or preparing your child for the school year, it's a good time to do a run through on the supplies, steps and plans needed for making the transition and ongoing diabetes management successful.
Nuun Hydrates Team Novo Nordisk
As endurance athletes with diabetes prepare for another year of serious competition in the name of defeating diabetes, Nuun is a revolutionary healthy electrolyte drink that is sugar free, plastic free, self-dissolving and good tasting!
HelpAround - A Diabetes Safety Net 
This new app literally helps people with diabetes to network and find those around them, particularly in urgent medical-related situations where they might need quick access to supplies, advice or a caring person who understands their condition.
Apples and Diabetes
An apple a day can help keep the blood sugar fluctuations at bay! With lots of soluable fiber, particularly in the skin, apples can also help with digestion and inflammation. Some go so far as to say that apples can even help prevent type 2 diabetes, but the same does not hold true for apple juice, or juices in general.  Read more on apples and other supposed "superfoods" that can help with diabetes!
Recipe of the Month: 
Applesauce Pancakes 
These diabetic-friendly pancakes are low in fat and easy to make. Serve with fresh fruit to make it more filling, or add fruit right into the batter. For a heart-healthy whole wheat option, use whole wheat flour.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Sugar-free maple syrup (optional)
Fresh fruit slices (optional) 


Nutritional Facts: 
Calories per serving: 74
Calories from Fat: 0.0% 
Fat:1.8 g
Saturated Fat per serving: 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0 g 
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0 g 
Protein per serving: 3 g 
Carbohydrates per serving: 11.5 g 
Fiber per serving: 0.6 g
Cholesterol per serving: 22 mg
Iron per serving: 0.0 mg 
Sodium per serving: 143 mg
Calcium per serving: 0.0 mg   


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Where There's a Will, There's a Way:
Camper Will Oberndorfer Launches Diabetes Nonprofit  

"Over time, I hope Will's Way will keep kids and families from feeling like diabetes controls their lives." 
~ Will, age 14 
Only just barely two years ago this November, Will Oberndorfer and his family received an enormous and unpleasant surprise - a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. This year, Will decided he would spring his own surprise and launched his incredible new website Will's Way, a program aimed at raising funds to help underinsured families who struggle to afford the proper care for their children with diabetes.

When this brave youth first heard about the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp from his friend Philip Thompson, he was not aware of the degree to which both his new disease and his camp experience would impact and influence his future. Will's memories of camp encompass the fun ... "My best memories of camp include my first time hearing the song The Lucky Few; Coach Allen drinking the backwash of all our teammates; winning the $100 dollars in knockout; winning shoes from Bobby Medina; and getting to meet everybody. The funniest was definitely Lachlan making fun of Chris Dudley's competitiveness."

Other of his reflections offer appreciation..." I would like to give a shout-out to the nurses for making life easier and being my friends; and to the kitchen staff for all they do to make sure we have a good meal."

And still others capture the meaningful..." My favorite all-time memory of camp was my first Pass the Ball night because it let me know that I had a family. I think camp has shown me I am a person that has diabetes, not a diabetic, because diabetes doesn't control me or limit what I can do. It has also helped me realize I'm lucky, and I don't have something worse. I think it has kept me motivated to keep my diabetes in check rather than letting it go because others have been fighting the same battle for much longer than I have."

Some of the inspiration and fortitude Will has received on his journey he credits to friends, coaches, his community and his mom: "...she has always made me realize that diabetes was a blessing rather than a curse because of how we can help other people."

Knowing the great need, and with a drive and passion similar to Chris Dudley, what began as a one time fundraiser for Will and his family quickly snowballed into a long term commitment to the cause. Will's Way developed a financial base plan for raising money, allowing them to build and expand. With a core group of ambassador youth who engage in service projects for companies, households, churches, etc., donations are subsequently collected and the outreach spreads. The result? An entire community of Willstrong Warriors is growing rapidly! Will's hope is that someday maybe a celebrity funder, committed organization or large collective of families  (or even you!) will discover and contribute to this important cause. Most of all, he just aims to lend a hand: "Over time, I hope Will's Way will keep kids and families from feeling like diabetes controls their lives."
At only 14 years old, Will is a normal kid who attends Guerin Catholic High School in Carmel, Indiana; loves the St. Louis Cardinals; and of course he plays basketball with heart and intensity. On the other hand, here at CDF we also know that Will is incredibly mature and unique for his age in his
generosity, his thoughtfulness and his desire to help others, above and beyond himself. He advises those new to t1d to embrace their diagnoses and "try to meet as many new people as possible and find opportunities to make a difference". With impressive future goals of becoming a professional basketball coach and then a humanitarian, Will dreams BIG of how he can "rid the world of disease".

After all, where there's a Will, there's a way... please visit to learn more. 

Thank you Will - keep up the great work!

Where Are They Now?...  

Jason Goetz...

Have you wondered what your favorite counselor does for their day job? Or, perhaps you've lost touch with a CDF pal and would love to know what they're up to. Search no more! You can find out here in the alumni spotlight "Where Are They Now?"... Oh, and please remember to email and let us know what you are up to so we can feature YOU too!


1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended?  

I attended the Dudley Camp for 8 years-or so I think, because everyone knows I can't count.  My 'senior summer' was 2005, and I left like a wreck, drowning in my tears.


2. What is your favorite camp memory? 

I have four favorite camp memories. I was there for a long time and was in the center of quite a bit of great action, so bear with me as I relive the glory days! 


1. One was hitting two free throws with no time left to tie the championship game on the little-guy courts; Jordan Schlacter was screaming at the ref (who I think was Coach Rison) because I must've set some sort of record in our weekly 50 FTs, shooting something like 8 for 50.  As with all poor shooters, I banked in the first one.


2. Another was on the first day of camp, three or four years later.  We were having our early 'tryouts,' or whatever those are, and we were separated into forwards/centers and guards.  The forwards/centers were running a three-on-three drill, and big Kyle Herman was guarding me.  Now Kyle was a character, and at this point he was a senior, and he was about 6'5" and 240 or 250.  I got the ball on the elbow and someone started shouting 'HOOK!  HOOK!'  But I thought 'it's too early for this, let me give the ball up.'  Well the ball came back to me in virtually the same spot a few seconds later, and by now everyone is yelling 'HOOK!  HOOK!'  I have no idea, to this day, why they were yelling it, but wouldn't you know I decided I'd humor them, no matter how embarrassing it would be, and throw up a sky hook that takes longer than my grandfather clock to wind up.  And wouldn't you know, the thing hits nothing but net.  The group went nuts.  Kyle just stared at me in disbelief, and for the rest of the week he would not stop challenging me to re-do it.  I still bust it out in pickup games and everyone yells 'KAREEM!' But it started right there.


3. A third memory was my first comedy routine, which was the same year.  Again I have no idea quite why I signed up, other than that I might have wanted to impress some girls or something.  I signed up to do a comedy routine and had not the slightest clue what I would do.  I had been working that week, like a pompous teenager, to find the perfect angle for a shot, and had all these goofy notes and stuff.  I told Chris Gindele I had calculated it and it was 65.2 degrees.  So Kyle was hosting it, and he introduced me.  I got up there and just threw my notes in the air and started rambling, still with no plan.  Apparently it worked, because everyone was in total stitches and Kyle even forgave me for a second enough to offer me a glass of water when I finished.  (A later version of the comedy routine had me pulling down a pair of tight black jeans to reveal my dad's tennis shorts from high school, when he was 180 lbs, claiming I was John Stockton, host of 'Basketball Idol.'  I was at this point 230.)


4. And then my fourth memory is of little Grady Kestler, who was some tiny guy, challenging me to a game of one-on-one on the last day of camp, it might've been the same year but I can't remember now.  All I remember is that we started the game and a few guys sat on the hill to watch us.  Now I have no one-on-one skill whatsoever, equally now as then.  Well the game must've taken half an hour, and slowly but surely a crowd gathered on that hill, and it sure seemed like the whole camp was there.  Wouldn't you know it, Grady starts dribbling the ball through my legs and literally runs circles around me, and beats me.  Sure did remind me of where we all really stand in the world!


3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 

I learned a ton about testing frequently and making adjustments for strenuous exercise.  But some of it is less relevant now; in high school I didn't play any sports, my school only had 100 kids and I was a late bloomer anyways, so I'd show up to camp and it'd be the most exercise I'd get all year.  At one point I was even 270 lbs.  Now I'm 190, and play pickup ball twice or three times a week, so the adjustments are less of an issue.  But I still need to make them every now and again, and what I learned at camp was really important.


4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 

I text Chris Gindele all the time.  He and I used to have a top-and-bottom bunk every year because of our last names, and I am sure the night counselors objected vociferously every time they saw it set up that way.  I saw him a few years ago in Vegas, and need to make a trip out to Texas to see him in his new digs in Fort Worth.


Ivanna Warren and I have maintained a good friendship.  Jenn Secular and I were close for a while.  I text Bridget Conlan.  And I've been in some form of communication with almost everyone, from Johnnie Elliott to Cale Zimmerman to Ben Rue (amazing guy!).  When I went to Berkeley ,  Johnnie's sister, Jennie, was a freshman at the same time I was, and his family would make trips up there frequently, so I'd see all of them; I still play Words With Friends with his mom.  (Jennie and I used to play one-on-one.  One day she beat me, and I demanded a rematch.  What a scoundrel I am!  I started driving to the basket and won, something like 21-3.)


I actually even saw Chris Dudley himself about a year and a half ago.  I went to a Clippers game and they were playing the Timberwolves, and my mom and I got to our seats about an hour early.  All of a sudden she taps me on my knee and says 'Is that Chris Dudley over there?  Go say hi!'  So I snuck past security and went up and said hi, didn't give him my name.  If you want to know how much Chris is engaged with the camp, he thought for a second and said 'Hey Jason, how's it going?'  Here's a guy who must have shaken 500,000 hands a year and a half before when running for governor, and he remembered me on the spot.  I was a memorable camper!  I was really impressed. 


5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 

Cherish your time at the Dudley Camp, because it goes fast, and you will miss it when it's gone.  Hustle, hustle, and hustle more while you are still young.  And make connections, because they can be extremely valuable later on.


6. Tell us about yourself since your camper days...did you attend college and where...are you working...are you you have children...anything else you would like to share.

I went to Berkeley out of college, but it wasn't a great fit.  I came back and finished up school in Southern California.  In the process I developed a love for the Great Books, and I've dedicated myself to reading them and teaching them in small private classes.  I've got to have read at least 1000 of them (full reading list available here), across all genres, and I'm working on writing books.  My first book, The Bubble Boys, was about the university system and some of the ways it destroys, rather than enhances, democracy if it gets too large.  My second book, The Decline of the Epic?, was about the decline of the epic poem through economic, political, social, cultural, religious, linguistic, and scientific developments.  Now I'm working on the Essays on the Classics! series, each of which is about 100 pages and is designed for high school and college students and their parents.  The first two volumes are introductory, the third was miscellaneous, and the fourth, fifth, and sixth examined American History through the lens of great American nonfiction, trying to look at both sides of every argument ( i.e. the  memoirs of Jefferson Davisand Ulysses S. Grant; writings of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, and of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King; political philosophy of John Calhoun and Henry David Thoreau; economics of John Kenneth Galbraith and Milton Friedman; business theories of Andrew Carnegie and Thorstein Veblen, Charles Francis Adams, and Brooks Adams; epistemology of Henry Adams and William James). 

The seventh and eighth volumes, which I'm working on now, are about baseball, one from the lens of 'managing the game' (from a front office perspective, rather than a field management persepective) and the other from the lens of 'playing the game.'  After that I'll get to work on at least five volumes of European History one on the Renaissance, one on the Scientific Revolution, one on the Enlightenment, one on the Age of Revolution/Napoleonic Era, and one on the Age of Totalitarianism, for sure.  There might be one on Industrialism, but I can't make any guarantees.  After those are done I'll do ancient history, and history of mathematics, and medieval classics.  It's an endless project, and it'll be the cheapest and easiest private school education available.
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