T1D Group celebrates World Diabetes Day

2017-11-13 | The Portsmouth Daily Times (Portsmouth, Ohio)

Nov. 13--November 14 is World Diabetes Day, and the local Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Support Group will be celebrating with a special event open to anyone with diabetes, not just those with T1D.

King's Daughter Medical Center (KDMC) Dietician Malissa Sarver who organizes the group explained that November 14 is honored as World Diabetes Day because it is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin.

"We're doing this to kind of celebrate that," Sarver stated.

Brian and Debbie Smith will be present at the event. Debbie Smith is the director of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"She's going to be talking about emergency preparedness and general disaster awareness," Sarver explained.

Also as part of the event, there will be a discussion about the various items those with diabetes should have in an emergency kit. With the recent hurricanes hitting the south, Sarver explained that this information is at the forefront of concern for many.

There is no fee for the event which will be held in the KDMC lobby.

Sarver explained that the support group started two years ago and meets every other month. Upcoming speakers range from those with information about insulin pump options to those with resources such a diabetes alert dog.

The T1D group has done various fundraisers to support diabetes research; however, Sarver added that the group will be having their first fundraiser to support local functions.

Ongoing is the group's Ribber dinner fundraiser. Tickets are $10, which purchases either ribs or chicken, coleslaw, baked potato and a roll. Dinners can be picked up between 5-7 p.m. on November 29 at the community building behind Notre Dame High School

For more information about the support group or for fundraiser tickets, contact Sarver at (740) 991-1430.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.