Diabetes walk chair family gets early start on fundraising

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Chantelle Hovdebo is seen with her children Logan, 7, and Arianna, 9, who along with patriarch Ryan make up this year’s chair family for the for the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes walk scheduled for Sept. 22. 

It’s three months away, but the Hovdebo family is keen on getting an early start on fundraising for the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes.

 

Set to take place at the Art Hauser Centre on Sept. 22, the Hovdebo family, led by youngster Logan, 7, is this year’s chair family.

Logan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost three years ago, matriarch Chantelle Hovdebo said during the first of a two-day garage sale fundraiser on Friday.

“It’s been a challenge,” she said. “My husband and I have had to adjust very quickly. Once you get over the initial shock you’ve just got to try and take control.

“There’s a lot of carb counting and you’ve got to adjust … for so many carbs he eats he gets so much insulin, so there are a lot of blood sugar checks through the night sometimes. You’ve got to ensure he’s not too low in his sleep.”

The tough youngster initially faced needles after every one of six meals he has daily. He subsequently moved up to an insulin pen and about two weeks ago started using an insulin pump.

“The pump is supposed to regulate his blood sugars a lot better,” Chantelle said. “It’s something that’s in him all of the time … Every three days we move the site. It’s just one injection every three days.

“We’re still adjusting but it’s been a lot better for him.”

Last year, The Hovdebo family and friends’ “Logie’s Lunatics” team raised about $6,000 for the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, making them the top fundraising team of the year.

There’s a lot of carb counting and you’ve got to adjust … for so many carbs he eats he gets so much insulin, so there are a lot of blood sugar checks through the night sometimes. You’ve got to ensure he’s not too low in his sleep. Chantelle Hovdebo

This year, they hope to outdo themselves and raise even more money.

On Saturday, the team, aided by Curl-Up & Dye Salon owner and family friend Nicole Milas will host a garage sale and barbecue fundraiser at the salon parking lot, at 1202 Branion Drive.

They’re also selling raffle tickets for four prize baskets.

All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For more information on registering or sponsoring teams for the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit the event’s website at www.jdrf.ca.

Looking at the local picture, Chantelle also wants to create a support group in Prince Albert for parents and families of children living with Type 1 diabetes.

“The goal of this group would be to offer a positive support and place that parents can socialize and provide ideas or solutions to issues that may come up,” she explained.

Camps held in Saskatoon and Regina have helped the Hovdebo family learn a great deal about diabetes over the past few years from people who have experienced the same thing -- a positive experience they want to extend into Prince Albert.

At the camps, Chantelle said that kids with diabetes “feel more just like every other child, and we like them to be treated like that.”

Organizations: Art Hauser Centre, TELUS Walk, Prince Albert Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Regina

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