September, 2015 Edition 
Back to School with Diabetes

Reach out to your school early to make sure they're ready and prepared for diabetes issues. Check out fun tips and photo-how-to's of "low blood sugar boxes" and pencil kids from Naturally Sweet Sisters.  
For new high schoolers, preparing freshmen for school and prepping teens and their extracurricular activities that keep them away all evening (both courtesy of  A Sweet Life) are a must! And of course, as the ADA reminds, don't forge your Diabetes Medical Management Plan

Two Dads are Making a BIG Difference!  

Echoing the great work of our own Chris Dudley, David Panzirer of the Helmsley Charitable Trust and researcher Ed Damiano are highlighted and recognized on CNN - they are tackling diabetes every day, helping countless others, after experiencing firsthand themselves how devastating it is to have a child of their own diagnosed with t1d.

Grandparents Day
September 13

Grandparents are special people to remember - not just on September 13, but every day! They can be the biggest supporter of kids with diabetes. Helping grandparents learn about diabetes and advocacy, as Dr. Barbara Anderson illustrates; TiD Magic explains ; and a grandparent herself shares can help them to be even better and bigger heroes. 

Thank you to all of the grandparents out there- and to all of those who have been with us in the past - for everything that they do to support us! Happy Grandparents Day!

National Elephant Appreciation Day 
September 22

It's true! National Elephant Appreciation Day really does exist; and the video with the baby elephant and BLUE ribbon (Aug. 25 post) is just too cute! Elephants and diabetes actually go together quite well, as Ellie's Elephants demontrate in their ongoing fight to find a cure, or the old classic educational video game of Packy and Marlon. In fact, diabetes is often referred to as the stereotypical "elephant in the room" - it needs all of us to continue to help bringing awareness to this disease!

JDRF One Walk
September 27

Its time to show diabetes that we - and all of our supporters - mean business! Let's find a way to eradiate diabetes once and for all during the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation annual walk at the South Lawn at Portland International Raceway at 9 a.m.!

Recipe of the Month: 
Elephant Ears 
(or Funnel Cake)
1 Cup water  
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs 
2 tablespoons powdered sugar



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T1d Child Waits for Her Adoptive Family:
Could it be You??

"Keyona is the one of the most intuitive and bright children I have had the pleasure of working with. She can light up any room she enters. With enthusiastic adult support, her potential for success is unlimited." ~Recruitment Team  

A spunky and spirited little girl, Keyona loves to cheer on her Oregon State Beavers and the Portland Trail Blazers! She is a smart, artistic and fun eight-year-old who keeps grown ups engaged and on their toes. In her dreams, she imagines herself living on a farm with horses, and becoming a famous rider!

However, life is not so simple for Keyona. As other children head back to school with the excitement of old friends, familiar teachers, and colorful new school outfits, Keyona faces a fall filled with much more uncertainty.

Keyona is a child with t1d in foster care, in need of an adoptive home. With its ups and downs, her Type 1 diabetes is not something most adoptive families necessarily feel up to facing, let alone the challenges that a child having lived in foster care can bring to a household.  

Keyona has been through a lot in her short life. Yet, this resilient gem-of-a-girl is working so hard to heal. She will need an adoptive family who can welcome her fully into their lives, taking the hard times in stride with the joys.

Learn more about Keyona on the Northwest Adoption Exchange

In order to truly consider adopting Keyona, a family will need to get an adoption homestudy completed, become certified for foster care and demonstrate an unwavering commitment. Families with a strong foundation and serious interest are welcome to contact Jen Montpetit at Boys & Girls Aid at or 503.542.2332.
Where Are They Now?...  

Tabbi Hollm

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've attended camp for 5 years, the last year being 2011. 


2. What is your favorite camp memory? 

Just being around other diabetics and making friends with them. 


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

Yes I did; I learned to use a support system and check more often. 


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

I stay in contact the best I can with friends from there. 


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

Have fun, listen, and more friends! 


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'm going to school for criminology and creative journalism. I was in Billings, MT but am currently in the middle of transferring to Dillon, MT. I'm currently working as well at Subway and I've contined to take control of being healthy and active by doing swing and ballroom dancing as well as Latin dance.

Welcome back to school!
Chris Dudley Head shot PT


Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation