April, 2017 Edition 
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DiabUDDIES Dash  
See YOU there! 
April 22 
Sign up yourself, friends, family and co-workers for the Diabuddies Dash in Keizer Oregon which will benefit CDFChoose from 5K or 10K. Learn more, be active and get inspired at Diabuddies Dash!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, we would love your help! More info here


The Fit Blog    
As spring sets in, opportunity abounds to rev up and recharge. The Fit Blog: Conquering Diabetes with Healthy Food & Fitness  is written by a competitive t1d fitness buff, Cristel, who has also written the Diabetic Guide to Working Out.  

National Siblings Day
April 10
Siblings are some of the most important people there are! Sibling relationships outlast almost all others. National Siblings Day recognizes and celebrates these incomparable bonds!   

The relationship between diabetes and siblings is complex. The American Diabetes Association breaks down the genetics and risks of diabetes based on a number of factors, including genes, predispositions and environment.  
There are actually numerous cases of siblings in the same family who have both developed t1d, including previous Children's Congress delegates Nolan and Patsy Dunn  or the Coffey family where ALL THREE siblings have t1d. 
  
From the outside looking in, Diabetic Danika and her brother explain what its like to be the brother or sister of a sibling with diabetes. Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me, adds some additional perspectives from this unique sibling-of-the-sibling-with-diabetes perspective. 

Regardless of whether you're on the giving or receiving end as it relates to diabetes, this is the day to give a shout out to your sis's & bro's  Happy
#NationalSiblingsDay !

Easter 
April 16
As the cute furry rabbit prepares to visit many households, Diabetic Dust Bunny illustrates in this cartoon that those diabetes reminders can sure show up in some funny places.

On a semi-sweeter note, Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom no-sugar-added ice creams offer plenty of "so hoppin' good" flavors that can help offset the Easter candy craze!   
Going old school, another friendly rabbit Bugs Bunny with help from his buddy Daffy Duck teaches a little about diabetes and nutrition.

Finally, a little Easter commonsense advice from My Dario offered out along the lines of the classic Peter Rabbit, whose end goal really was just getting access to some healthy veggies. 

National High Five Day
April 20
What  could be a more classic way to finish up March Madness and basketball season than a high five!? Better yet, there's even an entire day devoted to just that! A fun and related fact is that an Oregonian Sam Miotke of Corvallis was apparently one of the original founders of this very cool day. So give yourself - and everyone else you meet- a handsome high five! 

Defeat Type 2 Diabetes 
With a daily inspirational activity from trying new fruits and veggies to suggestions for how to get up and active, the Defeat Diabetes community wants to help you do just that - spring into action and defeat this disease!  

CHRIS'CRNER:
Cade Brown
Cade has made an amazing comeback after his broken ankle last summer.  It was a tough uphill recovery during his critical junior year, but he never took his eyes off his goal.  He recently won tournament MVP for a national baseball scouting showcase for his exceptional hitting and pitching.  Shortly after that, he verbally committed to a baseball scholarship with the University of San Diego.  They look forward to having him both as a pitcher and having his bat in the lineup as a first baseman.  He's also been accepted into his school's National Honor League with a 4.0 GPA.

Recipe of the Month: 
Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs
~ An easy no bake recipe that's sugar, gluten & dairy free! ~
Ingredients
Filling~ 
Coating~

Directions:
  1. In a microwavable bowl melt peanut butter and coconut oil together for 30 seconds- 1 minute and stir until completely combined.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract and stevia.
  3. Taste and adjust if needed.
  4. Pour mixture into egg molds and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from molds and set aside on parchment paper.
  6. Make coating by melting the chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  7. Stir until smooth.
  8. Pour melted chocolate into the molds, half way up the molds.
  9. Drop the frozen peanut butter eggs, pattern side face down into the chocolate and press down so the chocolate encases the peanut butter.
  10. Spread chocolate with a spoon to completely cover if needed.
  11. Store in the refrigerator.

En joy !

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Dollars for Diabetes:   A Slamdunk

Two very special men's basketball coaches Coach Derek Duman (West Albany) and Coach Tyler Allen (South Salem) share a few things in common. Both coach in the same Oregon high school league; have personal connections to diabetes; and got involved with the Chris Dudley Foundation. As a result, it wasn't a complete surprise when they collaborated on a fundraiser for CDF, combining two topics they love best: diabetes education with a basketball game in winter 2017! Coach Allen upped the ante by deciding whichever coach lost had to wear a tank top at Camp this summer for a day of their choosing. 

At the much anticipated game this past winter, both coaches shared their heartfelt stories and a donation box was passed around with each school's name. Conveniently for Coach Allen, his team won! He decided that Coach Duman will be wearing his five-year-old daughter's pink tank top.

Coach Duman & T1d
Coach Duman was diagnosed with t1d in November of his freshman year of high school. During basketball tryouts he was experiencing extreme tightness in his legs and arms, to the point where moving was difficult. After a few days of treatment from the athletic trainer with no improvement, he went to the doctor to run some tests. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday and released that Sunday after a crash course in living with diabetes. Within a month he went from 105 pounds to 125 pounds. About 6 months later he underwent cataract surgery in both eyes. Doctors believe the cataracts, an unusual condition in 15-year-olds, was a result of his diabetes.

Following his diagnosis, Duman became heavily involved in raising awareness for diabetes in his community, most recently with the Chris Dudley Foundation, where he spent last summer working their annual basketball camp.

Coach Duman's Personal Message:   

"Getting to be a part of Camp this past year was a very special experience and I look forward to working with the Foundation for years to come. 'Dollars for Diabetes' night meant a lot to me. Too often people only think about diabetes as something that affects older people that are overweight. 

A cure for t1d is my greatest wish. Until then, I hope that kids living with t1d get the help, support, and supplies they need to live their lives to the fullest.

As a result of the event, I had many students and teachers ask questions about diabetes. Many of them didn't understand the difference between the two types. It's exciting to know that this event helped educate so many people and I hope they will share their newfound knowledge with their friends and family.

I don't know this for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if Coach Allen still shops at Gap for Kids..."


Coach Allen & Daughter Alexis 
Ale xis Allen is a third grader at Lyle Elementary in Dallas, OR and loves science, fashion design, and riding her bike whenever the sun is out.

Alexis was diagnosed with t1d at three years old. Right before her diagnosis, Alexis was thirsty all the time. She could finally reach the water dispenser on the fridge at home and was constantly making trips to fill her glass. At night she would have constant urination accidents in her sleep even though she was completely potty trained. Not knowing the signs, her parents thought it was a result of drinking too much water. One day she had to visit the doctor for something unrelated and was asked to give a urine sample. Her doctor was alarmed to see the amount of sugar in her urine and rushed the family to Dornbechers Hospital. Alexis and her family were very fortunate to catch this diagnosis as early as they did. 

Today, Alexis lives a fully active and independent life. Yes, she must check her blood sugar in the morning, before she eats, and couple times in the night, but she is so advanced in every aspect of her care including changing her own pump (with parent supervision) every three days.

Alexis is a year away from being able to go to Chris Dudley Basketball camp but loves coming every year to visit her dad and conquer the giant water slide. She thinks former NBA player Dudley is way cooler than Justin Beiber; and her dad is fine with that.

Coach Allen's Personal Message:

"CDF showed me that my daughter has a chance to succeed in anything she sets her mind too and diabetes won't get in the way. I also know the struggles she faces feeling different in school (i.e. having to miss recess to go check her blood sugar or getting teased from time to time). Knowing there is a camp that allows kids to feel normal, share experiences, and grow in their care is very special to me. 

CDF has a leadership team that is top notch. Joey has such an amazing heart for the community she serves and the Dudley family is so involved. I love that Chris Dudley takes the time to talk to my daughter anytime she comes to see me at Camp. It is such a special time for her that she will remember forever. 

Last year at Camp, the coaching staff were playing matchmaker for Coach Duman. Being a part of 'how to win a girl's heart' game plan was the highlight of my summer. And I will give Derek credit...slow and steady did end up winning the race!"


Thank you to everyone for supporting "Dollars for Diabetes"! We had a great time; and in the end, CDF was the real winner. 

Where Are  They  Now
Jonny Brainard 
  
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended?   
I attended camp for 21 years and august 2016 was my last year I was there.
2. What is your favorite camp
memory? 
My favorite memory of camp would be swimming in the creek catching crawdads.
3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?  
One thing that h as always stuck with me is taking control o f my life by controlling my  own diabetes. I remember looking up to a number of older campers who were very knowledgeable about how to bolus for the food they would eat so they could have the best time playing basketball, or just enjoying being at camp with friends. This really  stuck with me because I remember never  seeing them on the side line having to eat tabs and wait for their blood sugar to get within range before they could start playing again. They were very well in tune with their control over their diabetes and they also had the most fun, because they were always the ones on the court or making the most of their free time with friends.
4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
Yes I do stay in contact with a number of former campers And counselors. I wish I could see them more but definitely take advantage of the time I get when I am fortunate enough  to see them.  I also have been able to travel lately for other organizations to a number of different states and I have made it a priority to reach out to friends when I am out in their neck of the woods.
5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
My advice to the present or future campers would be to not worry about being perfect in your control. Diabetes is never going to be mastered 100%. I have never met a type 1 diabetic who is perfect in their control and I don't anticipate I ever will. Do your best to check your sugars and stay within a range that is comfortable and safe. Not everyone has the same ranges or the same carb to insulin ratios. Simply because everyone is different. Also don't be afraid to ask questions to others and reach out for help. Diabetes is a rollercoaster and everybody needs help in their control.
*Tell us about yourself since your camper days....did you attend college and where...are you working...are you married...do you have children...anything else you would like to share...
Since my  my final camper year in 2006 I went on and played 2 years at Clackamas Community College. We won two NWAACC championships: one my second year and then my first year as a coach. I began doing nursing prerequisites while coaching. After 3 years of coaching I needed to get more experience in a healthcare working environment and got my certified nursing assistant license. I currently am working at Providence Willamette Falls Emergency Department and am preparing to start nursing school January 2018 at the University of Portland. I live in Oregon City in a little river house with my fiancĂ© Hannah and our 7 month year old german shorthaired pointer, Oakley. Hannah and I are getting married in Bend in May of 2017 and so far we both are enjoying life and the surprises that continue to unfold for us.

Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Happy Spring Showers

Sincerely,
Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation