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Support Team Isaac Fundraiser surpasses $5,000 goal for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Imagine living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Each day would involve continuous monitoring of your blood sugar levels, injections or infusions of insulin through a pump and tracking every piece of food you eat and each activity you perform to balance the insulin doses.

Now, imagine being a 9-year-old living with T1D.

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Isaac Westerhof of Davenport — son of Bryan Medina and Dr. Julie Hahn Medina — was diagnosed with T1D in October 2014, just after his eighth birthday. The autoimmune disease, which can occur in both children and adults regardless of diet or lifestyle habits, caused his pancreas to stop producing insulin — a necessary hormone that allows the body to get energy from food. Luckily, Isaac’s mom noticed the signs early and sought treatment immediately.

“Initially, he had to do four shots of insulin a day, check blood sugar levels 8-10 times a day and then with diet, you have to count everything that goes into his body,” Julie said. “Now, he’s on an insulin pump, and he changes his pump every two days. It’s in a little port under his skin.”

“He’s very resilient, and I think most kids are,” she continued. “He just kind of takes it in stride. He’s been a little trooper.”

Isaac and his family have become very involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since his diagnosis. Last year, they raised about $8,500 through word-of-mouth fundraising alone. Since January 2016, they’ve already raised $11,000 — with roughly $6,000 coming from the Support Team Isaac Fundraiser at the Local 25 Plumber and Pipefitters Hall last Friday, May 6.

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The event included live music from rock ’n’ roll cover band Hightop Fade, a silent auction, raffles, food and beverages and games for kids.

“It was, overall, a great family event, very successful and we felt really well-supported,” Julie said.

To support Team Isaac with a monetary donation, visit http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/EasternIowaChapter4218?team_id=198385&pg=team&fr_id=6006.

All proceeds fund important research for the JDRF to one day “Turn Type One into Type None.”