The Diabuddies tour continues, with 7 cities and 7 schools visited in the last week. We have seen schools with Board Driven Policy that guides the family through each step of the way in keeping their child safe and those who have no policy, and rely on parent advocacy and execution to get training in place for staff who agree in good will.
Our first Diabuddy was Noah, a grade 4 at St. Francis of Assisi in Mississauga, where Mrs. Seimons hosted us and neighboring classes for Noah. Chris Preece, with Chris Jarvis there to introduce him, talked about the challenges faced with T1D growing up, and his parents' go-getter attitude that started him on the path to success. Not only a national bronze medalist in the Track and Field event called the Hammer, Chris P has excelled in school too. He won a scholarship from the Diabetes Hope Foundation for his undergrad and is now a masters student doing research in forestry. His words spoke limitless potential for the young children and emphasized the simple things we can do in consideration for each other.