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I remember laying in bed one night after being woken up for the third time by Addison, 2½ years old, to go potty AGAIN, and remembering all the trips to the bathroom earlier that day, it hit me! I remembered reading an article of a dad recalling his child having frequent urination, a symptom of Type I Diabetes.
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Thanks to Dr. Edward Hertko, it’s his dedication to prove to the naysayers, that large amounts of children living with diabetes can spend a week away from home and still manage their diabetes, that 40 years later over 10,000 kids have come through a camp bearing his name. Taking a chance, Dr. Hertko created a camp over 40 years ago and since then the camp has educated children on how to stay alive despite their diabetes.
Appreciating the fact that amounts of money is being donated to diabetes research for a cure, Hertko realized until then what are kids suppose to do while they wait. Bringing them to the camp not only allows them to have fun, but it educates them on how to manage their diabetes with other kids just like them until that cure is found. Watch and thank Dr. Hertko for his mission to prove that kids with diabetes can still live a life just like any other kid!
Every parent worries about the day their type 1 child will have manage diabetes on his or her own. When Ed Damiano's son, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he was determined to create a bionic pancreas before David went to college. As an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, Ed had a real opportunity to make his dream reality.
"It's probably the single greatest concern a parent has is not only taking care of their kid at night but, how their kid is going to do that when they are on their own," he said.
The bionic pancreas that Ed and his team designed not only administers insulin like an insulin pump, but also dispenses glucagon in tiny doses to precisely increase blood sugar. This will give patients the ability to function as if they had an actual pancreas, though it will be located outside of the body. Currently in its third iteration, the bionic pancreas is still being tested in clinical studies with Massachusetts General Hospital.
After more than a decade of rigorous effort, Ed Damiano's dream is closer than ever to becoming reality. Ed's goal is to submit the bionic pancreas to the FDA in time to get the agency's approval for production and use by 2017, when David is expected to graduate from high school. The team of experts collaborating with Ed is currently working on the clinical trials and finishing touches for the device prior to submitting it to the FDA.