On June 30th, Friendship Botanic Gardens proudly hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly established Juvenile Diabetes Peace Garden. Kevin Egan, Friendship Botanic Gardens Board Member, spearheaded the creation of this new garden in an effort to raise awareness of Juvenile Diabetes and the lifelong toll it takes on those diagnosed.
Kevin's son, Sean Egan, was diagnosed with the disorder at age 7. Juvenile or Type 1 Diabetes is an incurable, chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce the insulin needed to break down and store energy from food. Type 1 Diabetes is believed to be caused by genetic and environmental factors -- not a lack of exercise or poor diet.
Without constant monitoring and treatment, patients can suffer organ failure and death. Patients with Type 1 Diabetes must continually monitor their blood sugar and inject precise amounts of insulin calculated based on numerous factors. This constant care is tremendously time consuming and expensive, and even a simple mistake can have devastating consequences.
One goal of organizations like the JDRF is to fund the research that can create technologies that will make it drastically easier to live with the illness. Digital “smart” devices could simplify care for Type 1 Diabetics by automatically monitoring blood sugar and insulin. “Our hope is that new and emerging technologies can ease the burden of living with this illness, and bring some ‘peace’ to those who have to cope with this devastating illness and the lifetime of care it requires.” Egan said.
To learn more about how you can help the fight against Juvenile Diabetes visit www.jdrf.org.