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