(March 31, 2023) The Diabetic Foundation on the Eastern Shore of T1 is helping schools fight the disease for the third year.
EST1DSF is a non-medical home support group focused on children with Type 1 diabetes. It covers affected families across Wicombe, Worcester, Somerset and Sussex counties, said Founder Katie Rimel.
Students must submit an application by April 15, which includes a high school transcript, any or all activities, a letter of recommendation, a letter of acceptance to a college, university or trade school, and a 10-word essay. He taught the diabetes student about perseverance.
Application materials can be submitted at the foundation site est1d.org.
As of March 23, no students had submitted applications, but EST1DSF sent letters to school nursing and guidance counselors, Rimel said.
“We just want to get the word out that this is available, and it’s really not a difficult learning curve if people know about it,” Rimel said. “Because of HIPAA laws, we can’t call a school and say: So how many diabetics do you have in your school? Use them. For this reason a word must be had about it.
The foundation of the scholarship is given directly in schools as textbooks or tuition, and is awarded only once per student.
In 2021, three students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship, but last year Mardela High School student Daniel Ashcraft, the only winner, was awarded $2,500 to go to the art school.
“These kids, they fight harder every day to be themselves and I just want them to know that we’re there for them and we want to be rewarded for their success,” Rimel said.
Flora Glasgow, CRNP, who is part of the Pediatric Endocrinology Specialty Clinic at TidalHealth in Salisbury, said she serves more than 100 Type 1 diabetics age 22 and younger who live across the Middle and Lower East Coast.
Glasgow estimates there are around 100 other children with Type 1 diabetes in the same region who seek treatment from other hospitals and practices.
The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report estimated that in 2019, approximately 244,000 young people under the age of twenty were diagnosed with type one diabetes.
Most of EST1DSF’s fundraising comes through events like the annual Spaghetti Lunch and ticket drop auction in October, as well as the 31 Day 31 Raffle.
Mascara said the foundation raised over $100,000 when it was created.
“They deserve these awards for the battle they’ve had,” Rimel said. “Having to deal with diabetes, and keeping up with school and sports and everything, it can be tough at times.”
Since its inception, the family’s foundation has helped fund summer camps for children with Type 1 diabetes, Rimel said. A popular destination for locals is Camp Possibilities in Harford County, the closest diabetes area to the area, Rimel said.
The foundation is also reduced in the family business with no business or salary.
On May 1, the team won at Southbound Alleys in Salisbury, and on Aug. 6 families with the foundation will pay a non-profit rate of $25 per person at Jolly Roger Amusements, rather than the normal $45 ticket fee. , said the valley.
“On the east coast it’s more rural, I think the kids are alone,” Rimel said. “They don’t know other diabetics, so by having the Eastern T1 Diabetic Foundation, we’re bringing families together to get to know each other, and so they’re not alone in this battle.”
Rimel founded EST1DSF after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009.
Mascara said the foundation focuses on just Type 1 diabetes because it is more common in children compared to type 2, which is much more common in adults.
“Not many people see it like they see other diseases, so we want awareness of the disease,” Rimel said. “Kids can live great lives with this disease as long as they take care of themselves.”