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Community Events Program

Fourth Annual Kids Dance Party

4th Annual Dance Party Fundraiser
benefiting research toward a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!

Thank you to our Dance Party Sponsors! 

Dedham Savings Bank
Martignetti Companies
Rock Paper Scissors,  Needham
Koko Fit Club, Needham
Diabetic Dabs
Wears Woody
Stix for Chix
Needham Girls Lacrosse
Crimson Hockey Club
Cambridge Focus Group
The Perfect Bar
Rise Above Basketball
Wellesley Swim Association
Wellesley Mazda
Rock a Dex
The Cambridge Cookie Queen
Jon Fischer Photography
Juice Plus, Sabrina Tavalone
Mike Caputo of Music Ball Entertainment
The Boston College Irish Dance Club
The Boston College CommonTones
Lil' Phunk
Siagel Productions
April 6th 2018 • 6:00 p.m.
Moseley's On the Charles Ballroom & Banquet Facility
50 Bridge St, Dedham, MA 02026
Join us to raise money for research towards a cure at our 4th Annual Dance Party Fundraiser. New England Sports is the theme and we are pleased to announce that former Patriots’ quarterback Scott Zolak will be our Emcee! 
The event will include an Airbrush Artist, DJ Xcel from Siagel Productions, Lil' Phunk of the Boston Celtics, pizza, a dessert bar, and many more surprises! 
For tickets or more information please contact
Our Story 
My daughter Karolina was almost 2 and a half in this the picture above. I love it because it represents what childhood should be -- a great beach day, in and out of the water, and having fun without a care in the world. But shortly after this photo was taken, Karolina was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and her life, and those around her, turned from carefree to the constant vigilance that comes with this relentless and sometimes deadly disease. We are fundraising so that Karolina and others like her may once again know a life like the one represented in that picture.
It hit me recently how this has affected both of my daughters after hearing them play a game called “How Likely…?”
Kathryn asked "how likely are you to work at Roche Brothers when you are old?"  Karolina replied, "Well, Kathryn that would likely be you, because I have Type 1 Diabetes". Then, Kathryn quickly called for me, and said "Mom, Mom Karolina's going to live a long life right, she will right? They will find a cure right?" 
I realized: 
1. Karolina thought her life would be shortened.
2. Karolina associated poor health with having Type 1, though we try to be positive about it. 
3. That Kathryn was greatly affected by her sister’s disease. 
In addition to raising as much money as we can for research towards a cure, we want to educate people about the realities of Type 1 diabetes. 
1. People with Type 1 can eat sugar, and it is central to their survival. On any given morning, you will often find wrappers to fruit snacks and gummies on Karolina’s bed after a night of treating low blood sugars.
2. Insulin is not a cure. I am grateful that insulin keeps my daughter alive, but it needs to be closely monitored and if too much is given, it can be deadly. 
3. Insulin pumps are not miracles. The insulin pump is not automated, and does not make blood sugars “steady”.  The insulin pump merely takes the place of her having to take shots every time she eats or needs more insulin. 
4. Type 1 Diabetes is a deadly disease that requires vigilance at all times. This year, Karolina has lost the ability to feel her blood sugar lows, called Hypoglycemic Unawareness. It is a very dangerous condition especially during exercise. It is not her fault, it just happens and unfortunately it just adds more unrest to an already unsteady condition.
As she gets older, I worry about my daughter’s future and the burden this disease places on her mentally, physically and emotionally. One minor mistake in monitoring her condition could lead to major consequences. 
Please consider joining us for our fundraising event, or making a donation to Joslin Diabetes Center, and help bring home a cure for Karolina and all children who battle this disease. 
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