On November 23, 2015, our lives were changed with one simple test. I can still remember the pediatrician advising us not to worry, and that their office would call us back later that evening. Little did we know, that call would come sooner than later. Kayla, Logan and I went back in soon after leaving the Dr`s office to be told Logan was going to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I remember the pediatrician stating this is a chronic illness with no cure. Logan at that time could not understand everything that was being said, but knew something wasn`t right because his mom was crying. That was our initiation into the "new norm".
While we drove down to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, MO that same day, I remember stopping at a gas station in Moscow Mills. As Kayla was taking Logan to the restroom, I looked around the store in a new way. I thought to myself "My God, my son will never be able to eat anything in this store ever again". Later I found this was not true with T1D, after being properly educated. Many who are not in this T1D world would, and have, thought the same thing. This is one reason for this foundation.
Spending the next 3 days at Cardinal Glennon, I (we) learned a lot, even outside of this "new norm". I learned another level of love from family and friends. I observed my son, if the face of this "new norm", kept smiling and didn`t flinch when he was stuck with needles multiple times a day. This is another reason for this foundation.
After being discharged from Cardinal Glennon, the ride home was surreal. Kayla, Logan and I had left the confines of professionals, and now were going to be on our own. On the way home, Kayla brought up that we should do a "fun run" to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF. I told Kayla that was a great idea, but let`s go further on that idea. That idea turned in the Blue Wolverine Foundation.
Our mission is to provide assistance to families in the Northeast Missouri area that have children with Type-1 Diabetes
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help families dealing with T1D in Northeast Missouri. Your generous donation will fund our mission. The Blue Wolverine Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.)
The Blue Wolverine Foundation is Non-For-Profit. 100% of any donations made to BWF will go to assist children and their families in the coverage area in NEMO. The coverage area consist of the following counties: Marion, Ralls, Scotland, Lewis, Clark, Knox, Monroe and Pike and Shelby. We hope to expand to other counties in the near future.
Since our son`s diagnosis, we have understood the on-going appointments each child and parent will deal with throughout. The families in NEMO have to go to these appointments in Columbia or St. Louis. These expenses can add up. The Blue Wolverine Foundation will assist these families in providing families with gas and food gift cards. The child with T1D will not be forgotten. We will also provide an activity book for the child that he or she can do during these trips.
The foundation can also be of assistants for school districts within our coverage area that have children with T1D. If you are a school district within our coverage area, we are eager to help in getting information about T1D to your staff, or specific supplies that could benefit the child during their day at school.
If you live, or know someone, in our coverage area that has a child, under the age of 17, with T1D, I would ask you to go down to the documents tab on our page and fill out the "BWF Recipients Application". After the application is completed and sent, via email or regular mail (found at the bottom of the application), we will review the application to be considered in receiving a gas and food gift card, as well an activity package for the child. Thank you
We do not have any upcoming events for the foundation at this time, but we will start posting when we are out in the community for projects, or meetings. Please stay tuned for more exciting news about the Blue Wolverine Foundation.
Every $20 donation you make to the Blue Wolverine Foundation, you will received 1 free Blue Wolverine Foundation T-Shirt (our family is wearing them in the picture above). If you go through PayPal, please put your size(s) in the note/comment box. If you send a donation, via mail, please advise what size(s) you will need. We have adult medium, large and x-large. Thank you
If you have questions about the foundation, or about Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), please use the contact section to reach out.
P.O. Box 308, Palmyra, Missouri, 63461 United States