Our ultimate goal of $20,000 will allow the PADRE Foundation to send 100 children and medical staff to Catalina Island Adventure Camp for three days. This is an opportunity that children with Type 1 would otherwise never get to experience, due to limited care and expenses. This camp will finally allow parents to be able to relax—knowing their child is in trained, professional hands, developing new relationships, and learning more about coping with their diagnosis. Thanks to your incredible donations we are 40% of the way there. Let’s keep on fighting!
Meet Kaylyn Grace McFayden, an important member of the Pro-Craft family. In 2014, at age 12, Kaylyn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that would change her life forever. Now reaching her fifth anniversary of her diagnosis, Kaylyn has refused to let her diabetes define her and instead embraces the effect it has had on her life, living with the daily challenges while still being a normal teenager.
Kaylyn and her family are extremely grateful for the help and support of the PADRE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and families affected by Type 1 diabetes. PADRE provides classes, youth groups, social events, community education, and research efforts to not only aid and support those with diabetes, but to spread and encourage public awareness for the entire community as well.
Pro-Craft Construction is a proud supporter of the PADRE Foundation for all that it’s done for Kaylyn and countless other children living with diabetes. This diabetes awareness month, we hope to raise $20,000 in donations to the PADRE Foundation to continue supporting their work. With every $1,000, we can send an additional child to diabetes camp where they can receive the support they deserve and meet others facing the same difficulties.
An estimated 40,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes each year.
Type 1 Diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body attacks itself by mistake) that destroys the cells in the pancreas that makes insulin, a hormone that enables blood sugar to enter the cells in your body where it can be used for energy. Without insulin, blood sugar can’t get into cells and builds up in the bloodstream.
This disease currently stands with no cure or method of prevention, rendering national medical costs of $237 billion for treatment and care of those affected. The reality for a child with diabetes is having to grow up quickly and become responsible, as they learn that without constant management, their disease could easily become deadly. Children faced with Type 1 Diabetes must cope with constant blood sugar tests, shots, and adherence to strict dietary regulations, in addition to feeling stigmatized for their condition, making normal childhood activities ever more difficult.
We hope to raise enough money to give our kids more time to be kids, while also giving their parents the security they need to feel that their children are safe and taken care of.
100 children will have the opportunity to attend a three-day camp on Catalina Island with a full medical staff to socialize with other kids with Type 1 diabetes.
PADRE helps to fund research that is aiming to make Type 1 diabetes more manageable, and potentially find a cure for the condition.
This helps our teens living with Type 1 diabetes learn how to transition into adulthood armed with all the skills to help them manage their condition and keep themselves healthy.
This donation keeps life-saving education classes free for our families to learn how to be a caregiver and count carbohydrates for a meal.
This donation allows us to provide comprehensive Type 1 diabetes training for school nurses.
Newly diagnosed children and their families receive a backpack filled with educational materials and a Type 1 diabetes starter kit to teach them how to live day to day with a chronic illness.
Any donation amount will help these kids on their journey battling with diabetes. Small donations quickly add up to meet our goals, and we greatly value any contribution!