Marley Greenberg, recent Valedictorian of Tanenbaum CHAT and Governor General's Medal recipient spoke at Paul Penna Jewish Day School in downtown Toronto, for her Diabuddy Santiago, in Grade 1. Santi and Marley met at a T1D adventure race last year and the two of them did an amazing job in their class with demonstrations. The principal, Mrs. Platt, said, "I was quite engrossed in the presentation, so much that I lost track of time! I'm proud of all of us for doing this and for finding away for Santi to be his true self at school each day." Santiago's mother said, "I think having Marley there was as helpful to me as for Santi. Sometimes I am overcome by fear and seeing Marely and all that she has done and what a beautiful spirit she has was so wonderful." - Truth be told, that is why we are doing this. It is a challenging and scary disease that can leave you feeling on your own at times.
This talk is not just about two people with diabetes connecting, it is the importance of friends, family, teachers, school administration all working together to overcome a challenge. - Mrs. Platt, we too are proud and hope to make it easier for every school to follow suit as Ontario fulfills its promise to roll out a policy to keep all kids in school living with diabetes safe.