Central Cal Type One Diabetes Foundation

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

When parents learn their child has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (also known as Juvenile Onset Diabetes), they are overwhelmed.  A local nonprofit, Central Cal Type One Diabetes Foundation, helps these parents find answers and support for their new way of life.

“Our main goal is to provide local support today for families living with Type 1 until a cure is found,” says Kara Barton, Executive Director of Central Cal Type One Diabetes Foundation.  “It’s an amazing feeling talking with new families and giving them a hug, from a parent that understands what they are going through.”

As a parent with a daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes, Barton can relate and provide unique insight for these families.

The organization’s core services include:  monthly family support groups; quarterly teen get-togethers where they can always bring a friend to build their support system; “blessing baskets” for the newly-diagnosed filled with simple, complex, and no carb snacks; diabetes 101 educational class; and awareness. “We are able to provide all of these services free because of generous donations, which 100% of the funds stay here locally,” she says.

Know the warning signs of Type 1 Diabetes. You might just save a child’s life.

  • Extreme thirst

  • Frequent urination

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Increased appetite

  • Sudden vision change

  • Fruity odor on breathe

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Drowsiness or lethargy

  • Heavy or labored breathing

  • Stupor or unconsciousness
For more information, please visit www.centralcaltypeone.org or call 1-661-201-0061.

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