Last updated: October 03. 2013 10:47AM - 1468 Views
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Creekwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center hosted a “Block Party” Monday, Sept. 23, to help Juvenile Diabetes. The event raised more than $4,000 to help children.

The party was held at the center on Boyles Drive, and the whole community was invited out to enjoy a time of fellowship while helping with a great cause. America’s Got Talent’s Marty Brown appeared and held a concert for those who came out. He took photographs and signed autographs.

Creekwood held its own talent show for residents and others called “Creekwood’s Got Talent.” Teresa Snorton and Paul Shelton both won, as Snorton sang and Shelton played harmonica.

The staff at Creekwood have been helping raise awareness about Juvenile Diabetes for a few years now. Last year they raised over $3,000.

“Juvenile Diabetes is growing in our nation, and can be seen in our own communities,” said Creekwood Administrator Elizabeth Gettings, who is familiar with this disease. Getting’s daughter, Shelby has a longtime friend Anna Silvey, who suffers from the disease.

“Anna has been in our lives almost as long as Shelby has. We love her so much, and we watch her and her family go through life with JD,” said Gettings. “Anna is so brave, and doesn’t let diabetes run her life. However, it has to be hard for her as she has to test her blood often and be stuck with a needle everyday.”

Creekwood also helped by having a team called the “Creekwood Shot Busters- Injecting Hope Not Insulin,” who walked at the Hot Rods Stadium in Bowling Green on Sept. 28 to help fund a cure.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body’s inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person’s bloodstream creating multiple health problems.

Over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. It is estimated that over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.

Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes are insulin dependent. Insulin is the hormone that enables our body to convert the food we eat into energy which is necessary to function normally. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. A small percentage of individuals may also develop thyroid conditions.

The “Block Party” was a wonderful success, and Creekwood’s Gettings can’t thank the community enough for their support.

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