May, 2017 Edition 
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Get Fit Don't Sit Day! 
May 3 
Do you know how much time you spend sitting? No, really  - do you?... Learn more about why the  ADA   encourages you to get up off your tush and onto those feet, and take some action! Get the tool kit here! 

Cinco de Mayo  
May 5 
On Cinco de Mayo, we can  reflect on the very sobering news that in  Mexico  diabetes is now the No. 1 Killer! NPR shares how this statistic is requiring the country to do some reflecting and reacting on how to cope with such a serious and preventable epidemic. 

Learn about Cinco de Mayo themed foods from the  ADA  and how they do or don't mesh with diabetes along with some fun facts and history!

Mother's Day
May 14 
A t1d mom shares her own amazing diabetes journey and how being a mother has made such a difference in her life, and in her diabetes.

The author, Brittany Gilleland, shares many more stories on her blog  The Diabetic Journey .
And finally, here is some special wisdom from other women and moms to all of you other women, daughters and moms out there.

Young(est) T1D Artist  
For one mom in Salem Oregon, Mother's Day holds the bittersweet reality that her young son was diagnosed with t1d at a mere two days old! While the challenges continue for them both, now that he is a toddler together they have found some unique hope and heart in his incredible art

National Smile Month
May 15 thru June 15

In the U.K., they are kicking off National Smile Month, a month dedicated to oral health; and of course your big beautiful smile! 
They've got some wonderful fun facts including the historical roots of this month that lie with British comedian Pam Ayer's poem, "I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth!"

Both the CDC and the Mayo Clinic advise there are many links between dental health and diabetes! 

Perhaps even more importantly, DiabTV tells us that science shows that just the act of smiling can help with all sorts of things, including diabetes?

So what are you waiting for - give us a grin and give it a try!

National Police Officers Week
May 15-21

The third week of May is National Police Officers Week where we recognize, remember and thank our officers for their hard work and service!

Can you join the police force if you have diabetes?
 Of course you can! But it does require careful analysis, planning and conscientious monitoring of your diabetes. 

On Cops Alive, learn more about perspectives, police officers and diabetes from many different articles. 

Hear from some active officers in  Arizona who have been living and policing with t1d
  for decades!

At the same time, most officers don't have diabetes themselves and benefit from help understanding this condition and how it can impact people in the communities they serve. The ADA offers training and education for law enforcement to help them be better equipped to keep people safe. 

Beat the Bridge 
Seattle May 21

Join  Nordstrom and JDRF in the fight against diabetes and race across  University   Bridge  to beat the clock before the bridge is fully raised! This event also includes a walk/fun run for slightly lesser adventurous folks through Husky Stadium. 

Recipe of the Month: 
"Cinnamon Twists" (a healthier twist on the churro!) 
    For Cinnamon Twists
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 boxes frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
    For Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • Juice & zest of 1/4 orange
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels

En joy !


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Diabuddies Dash 2017:  Keep on  Truckin!

On April 22 at Keizer Rapids Park not even another day of the never-ending spring sprinkles was enough to dampen the spirits & speed of 148 runners and walkers who have admittedly some of the biggest hearts in Oregon! 
Regardless of the weather, everyone kept on truckin' during the Dash thanks to May Trucking Company whose headlining sponsorship got everyone moving and having a blast. Parent and participant Sara High remarked, "We had a lot of fun supporting a great cause in the Oregon rain. My son Peyton was diagnosed 4 1/2 years ago with T1D and being able to support the Diabetes community and meeting new families going through the same thing is great!!!!" In addition, Dexcom, Omnipod and Medtronic came through with supporting sponsorships. 

Thank you
May Trucking! 
Chris and all of us here at CDF can't thank you enough for your ongoing support to bring diabetes awareness and education.

With both 10K and 5K events, five additional teams of supporters were behind the scenes to support the individual and family racers. Dashers ranged as young and tender as 18 months all the way up to a seasoned 79 years. Within the six age groups, a hearty congratulations was offered to the 1 st  and 2 nd  place winners who each received Diabuddies Dash medals. When asked about her own reason for being there, Jordan Cleary answered, "We went to support CDF because they are a fantastic establishment and they really support kids in difficult times. We liked how friendly and kind everyone was. We were encouraged throughout the entire race."

Thank you 
Dutch Bros for the free coffee & chocolate milk!

Meanwhile, 2300 miles away in Bloomington, Indiana, Chris Yost and his wife Elizabeth Martinez kicked out their own 5K Virtual Diabuddies Dash!  This was a particularly special 3.1 miles for Chris, a T1D alumnus and one of CDBC's very first campers in 1996 who attended camp for 7 years and then devoted another decade to Camp as staff.
Proudly wearing Diabuddies Dash t-shirts (Thank you The Creative Pack for such a cool design!) they ran the Bloomington Rail Trail. Next year, they hope to encourage friends to run as a virtual team. Chris adds, "It feels great to support this incredible foundation that has been such a big part of my life."

The best news of all is everyone's collective efforts resulted in six full camperships to Chris Dudley Basketball Camp - what a priceless gift for 6 lucky youth! It's not a surprise to hear Shelly Harkins remark, "My daughter Savannah's favorite thing to do every year is attend Camp. Our family and two of her friends were so excited to support such a great foundation and see some wonderful friends from Camp there. We had a great time, despite the rain, and can't wait till next year!" 

Thank you everyone for your incredible live & virtual support. We can't wait to dash again with all of our buddies. See you next year rain or shine!

Happy Diaversary on May 17th to CDF Staff Kelsey Tullis!! 
Kelsey, thank you so much for your TERRIFIC work on the Diabuddies Dash - and for just being so awesome. We love you! 
PS - Check out Kelsey's blog 

Emma Dudley 

When you're the child of a former  NBA  player, basketball has a tendency to get in your blood.

That's the case for Emma Dudley, a 6-foot-1 junior center at Santa Fe Christian in San Diego, CA. 

Her father, Chris, a 6-11 center who played 16 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers, Knicks, Suns,  Nets and  Trail Blazers, repeatedly told Emma she could try any sport she wanted. But her mother, also named Chris, was the one who insisted she at least give basketball a shot.

Turns out, mom was right.

Emma became serious as a sixth-grader in Portland before moving to San Diego. She enrolled at Santa Fe Christian to play for coach Laurie Byrd.

"When she showed up, I knew I had a post," Byrd said. "She was a little shy and a little timid, but she loved to work."

"Slowly, she's blossomed into a fine player. Now she's confident in everything she does on the court and she's become more vocal.

"The sky is the limit for her."

It was Byrd, Emma said, who triggered the maturity process in the gym by turning up her intensity a notch or two.

"She told me I could play at the next level," Emma said. "That one comment changed me."

Emma threw herself into basketball even more, both at school and in family games at home.

She began the week averaging 17.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots and 2.5 steals a game for the Eagles (14-5, 2-1 Coastal League).

Before Emma became a California girl, she played boys lacrosse for five years while living in Portland.

"None of the boys took it easy on me in lacrosse," Emma said. "I would tuck my hair inside my helmet so the other team didn't know I was a girl until the handshake line.

"I was a tomboy back then and I still am a little. I'd rather be playing a sport or hanging around with my brothers than being all dressed up like a girl."

With an ex-NBA player who scored 3,473 points and grabbed 5,457 rebounds in his career, a mom who played basketball and an older brother, Charles, who signed with Bryant College, Emma's game has matured at a quick pace.

"Dad doesn't take it easy on me even though he's old (51)," Emma said of the Torrey Pines High alum. "Usually, someone winds up bleeding during family basketball games.

"I like that we can play basketball outside here. You can't do that in Portland this time of year.

"I texted photos of me on the beach Christmas Day my very first year here and sent them to my friends back home."

Emma, who has survived a broken ankle and more than a few black eyes playing basketball, has always wanted to be a veterinarian one day.

She is still trying to figure out where to pursue that degree in college.

"We always had dogs growing up," Emma said. "We had a family friend who was a vet and I interned with him a few times when I was young back in Oregon.

"I've never gotten it out of my head that I wanted to do that."

But not until she gets basketball out of her system.

Chris Dudley Head shot PT
May Flowers 

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation