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La Crosse girl helping raise Diabetes awareness

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La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW)  ---- Every year 30 thousand new cases of Type 1 Diabetes are diagnosed mostly in children. A local group is working with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Madison, or JDRF, to try to find a cure.

"It's a rare sound-hearing Gwen Schroeder play the piano these days.  Like most girls her age she's too busy going to school and playing sports but the 11 year old also spends a lot of her time worrying.  "What if I go low during the night and my mom doesn't come check me?  I get scared."

Gwen has Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops making insulin. If Gwen's blood glucose levels aren't monitored and controlled every second of the day she can get really sick.  The first sign she was sick was when she was 4 years old.

Her mom, Kathy says she'll never forget that day. "She was starting to drink a lot starting to wet the bed and I remember the night before she was diagnosed, watching her drink and it was like out of the twilight zone. It was crazy."

A common misconception is that you get Type 1 from diet or lifestyle but that's not true. Doctors still don't know what causes it but one thing they do know is that it's a life changer.

Her mom has one simple wish for her daughter.  "You know what I really want?  I just want Gwen to grow up just like you and I. I want her to have her babies, have her family, have her career and not have to think twice about Diabetes.

More than 30 thousand new cases of Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in the U.S. but at the same time researchers are making strides towards finding a cure so that mothers like Kathy with daughters like Gwen can have their wish.

If you would like to meet Gwen and help fund research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes you can by attending the "Evening of Hope" on February 1st at the Waterfront.     

Tickets are $100.00 and include a champagne toast, wine tasting and a full course dinner.   

For more information call 608-386-4136.

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