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Re: [IP] Russian diabetic Kids and Kids in third world countries

Diane- I would love to help however I can. I had not realized how bad things
are for diabetics in other countries. I certainly can afford $15-20 to keep a
child alive.  Let me know how I can help.   Thanks    Sally


> I am pretty new to the internet and I went exploring during the rain in
> Houston yesterday.  I went to Melissa's page and on to "Lana's Story" about
> life in Russia with a diabetic child.... It really moved me as a parent of
> a diabetic child who has every advantage.  I guess it really didn't occur
> to me that so many do not have the opportunities that we have.  there are
> kids who rarely if ever have a means to test their blood glucose and kids
> that need to worry about where their next bottle of insulin is coming from.
> An endo from Indiana brings over about 13 teen age diabetics from Russia to
> camp and vacation in the summer and sends them home with 6 months of
> supplies.  most of these kids come from Moscow or St. Petersburg and are
> the children of the "upper or middle class"  with parents that are doctors,
> engineer, dentists... but on their first trip to the US their A1c's AVERAGE
> 18%!  Apparently, the horrible economy has a severe impact on these
> families who were once accustomed, I guess, for the gov't to supply basic
> medical needs.... I cannot imagine!  And I cannot forget how blessed we
> are.  I'm worried about getting Lauren's A1c below 7 and about when the
> continuous BG meter is coming out and they are worried about staying ALIVE!
>  They don't even get to the point of worrying about feeling well or about
> complications!
> I also learned of an organization in Australia that is able to get a $28
> bottle of insulin for $1 and sends the insulin to all of the places that
> need it.  In other words, $12-15 can keep one diabetic child alive for one
> year!  The organization has saved over 30,000 lives, but there are so many
> more!  And the rate of diagnosis of diabetic (and very young diabetic
> children) is apparently increasing at an alarming rate!
> Sure each of us who have been touched by Type 1 suffer and have a
> disporportionate amount of challenges.  But I would urge everyone to
> consider those who are WAY LESS FORTUNATE.  I don't think that I can let
> myself ever forget.
> This is my first exposure to this kind of information.  I would love
> comments and/or opinions about what the best thing to do is.  My husband's
> company does business in Russia and he has a number of contacts in the
> Eastern Block Countries.  What would you guys do?  Also, anyone who wishes
> to join me on this venture is MORE THAN WELCOME!
> Diane Massey
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