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One G.I.R.L. attempting to tackle T1D costs

Submitted by Alana Kinard

Metro Denver

Arvada

Many would be surprised to know diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two types of diabetes, however we will focus on Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. T1Dis a disorder of the body’s immune system and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas. These cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. When the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.

People with T1D must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered though an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, all in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), both of which can be life threatening.

T1D is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. The exact cause is not yet known, but doctors believe that autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved. For some perspective; as many as three million Americans may have T1D, each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with T1D in the U.S., the prevalence of T1D in Americans under age 20 rose by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009, and T1D accounts for $14.9 billion in healthcare costs in the U.S. each year.

Makayla started a non-profit at the age of 12. The purpose of the foundation is to help children, young adults, and their families pay for essential diabetic supplies that they would otherwise not be able to afford (or affording would cause financial hardship).

The inspiration for the foundation comes from the devastating loss our family experienced in 2013; we lost my little sister, Elizabeth “Busy,” to complications due to her diabetes at the young age of 26. Busy left behind her extensive family, a fiancé, and two young children. She was always very fortunate to have supportive family, friends, and doctors, who were willing to help in any way they could to make sure she received the care and at times supplies that she needed.

My daughter Makayla, Busy’s goddaughter, told us she lost her best friend and at the time we were working on a different type of foundation. She wanted to host virtual runs and benefits to raise money to help people, but the loss made the goal more focused. The goal is to help as many people as possible in a very personal way. Makayla is our “monkey” and so was born; One Monkey’s Miracle.

Makayla’s Silver Award project tied in with her foundation. She put together care bags (60) to be delivered to the Barbara Davis Center for children who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. Through her work on her Silver Award, she partnered with many outside organizations who provided help and supplies to add to the bags.

Currently, we are working on putting on a second virtual race that will help build our funds and hopefully help us start helping families in need.

Please consider being a part of the miracle.

More information can be found in our Facebook Group: One Monkey’s Miracle (https://www.facebook.com/groups/onemonkeysmiracle/) or online at our website: http://www.onemonkeysmiracle.wixsite.com/onemonkeysmiracle)

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

G.I.R.L.s start running club to earn Silver Award

To earn their Silver Award, Girl Scout Cadettes Addison, Adie, and Scarlet of Centennial started an after school running club at their elementary school alma mater, Carl Sandburg Elementary School, in the fall.  The program was such a success that they were instrumental in its continuation this spring. The girls even secured a grant for their club through Kids Run the Nation. They are now serving as volunteers in the program they created.  Their model can also be easily transferrable to other elementary schools wanting to start a running club for their students.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Meet G.I.R.L. Bianca

Hi, my name is Bianca! I am a Brownie from Troop 65698.  I love being a Girl Scout!  It motivates me to take risks, inspire others, and be creative.

Girl Scouts helps me unlock my inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader).

I am a go-getter because I attend many Girl Scout events on my own. I made new friends at the cookie rally and pool party, and I learned to ice skate better.  I passed out fliers at school for the Nuggets Pajama Jam and Avalanche games, and I’m excited to go even if no one from my troop does.  I am lucky to be part of the Girl Scout community.

I am an innovator because I use creative ways to encourage customers to buy cookies.   I suggest they put Thin Mints in the freezer to taste even better and melt S’mores in the microwave for 20 seconds to be campfire gooey.

I am a risk-taker because I held my first cookie booth on a cold, snowy day at my uncle’s tire store. I wasn’t sure many people would be out in the snow, but I’m glad I took the risk because I sold more than sixty packages!

I am a leader because I inspire my troop to participate more, because of all the fun patches I have earned as a Brownie.  Recently at a meeting, everyone said, “Wow, Bianca!  How did you get so many patches?”  I couldn’t help but smile, and at the next meeting, one girl had several new patches.

G.I.R.L. Stories: Making our streets a cleaner place

Submitted by Marti Shuster

Metro Denver

Westminster

Our service unit , Sunset Hills, is responsible for maintaining a section of 104th Avenue in Thornton. Recently, two troops went out to do some trash removal, and remove it they did. Two Daisies, two Juniors, and two brothers collected five very full trash bags of litter from along the side of the street. Some interesting items were a doll’s shoe, four hubcaps, and best of all, a completely untouched hamburger from McDonalds! What a find.

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G.I.R.L. Stories: Becoming innovators and risk-takers with the new STEM badges

Submitted by Marie Williams

Metro Denver

Golden

Our Daisies do more than make friendship bracelets and sell cookies! The first-grade girls in Troop 65565 learned about the law of conservation of energy from one of the troop dads who is an engineer, and then had a chance to design and build their own roller coasters.

With just some cardboard, straws, ping pong balls, and a little hot glue, all of the girls got a hands-on STEM experience, and earned their Roller Coaster Design Challenge badge!

We’re teaching our girls to be innovators and risk-takers through some of the new STEM badges, and they’re having a blast doing it!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

G.I.R.L.s serving their community

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Allison Baker

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

In early 2017, Troop 45182 decided to give back to their community. As a troop they adopted Wagner Park in Colorado Springs. In adopting this park, they go monthly or semi-monthly to clean up trash. The girls split up in two’s with one adult to each pair and then each pair gets a section of the park to clean.

Our troop believes that giving back to our community is just one small part of living the Girl Scout Law.

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G.I.R.L. Stories: What does it mean to be a sister to every Girl Scout?

Submitted by Melisa Bruens

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

For those of you who don’t know my Lucy, she is a really remarkable person. She had a rough start in life. The person who was supposed to love and keep her safe failed her. As a result of her neglect, Lucy nearly died. She came to me just nine-days-old, tiny and defeated and struggling to live. The consequences she pays everyday for being starved and neglected are devastating to watch. Her body doesn’t always move the way it should, she sometimes needs a wheel chair, she struggles with social boundaries, she fights to keep up with the other kids. She knows she is “different” and her heart is broken daily because she wants so badly to be “normal.” She just wants to belong like everyone else. She is my miracle and she inspires me every day. I wish everyone saw her through my eyes.

Lucy has had a rough year at school. She feels like an outsider. She begs not to go to school. She comes home angry… EVERY day. Last week was her school music program. She was very nervous. When she got on stage, she panned the crowd searching for her family. Holding her body tight so she wouldn’t do anything to make her stand out. Her face so serious and worried, her body language so closed.

What she didn’t know was that sitting in the crowd was her troop. After the show, they ran up to the stage and surprised her. She was overjoyed. For the first time in weeks, Lucy’s face lit up and I saw true happiness shine from her. These girls and moms and siblings drove clear across town (Lucy’s troop is in Loma and we live on the Redlands) to support her. They showed up to show her she wasn’t alone, or different, or unworthy. One of the girls and one of the leaders, who couldn’t make it, called before hand and wished her luck and let her know they believed in her.

I can never express the difference this simple act meant to a 7-year-old girl with a disability. To me this is what being a sister to every Girl Scout means.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

G.I.R.L. Stories: Inspiring the next generation by honoring the woman who started it all

Submitted by Heather Quinn

Metro Denver

Edgewater

Brownie Troop 65451 wanted to do something to honor our founder and inspire the next generation of G.I.R.L.s! We put together a baby basket of items to be donated to our local hospital with instructions to give it to the first baby girl born on Juliette Low’s birthday (October 31). We included a custom made onesie with our troop motto on it, “Have courage and be kind,” and it also says “Future Girl Scout.” One of these amazing girls took it upon herself to make the baby a blanket! I just love her heart. The girls each wrote cards explaining why they think this baby girl should be a Girl Scout in five years and what’s been the most fun so far. Proud to say these city girls love camping!!

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G.I.R.L. Stories: Cadette Troop 60043’s Urban Adventure

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch Girl Scout Troop 60043 worked on their Urban Adventure badge in June 2017. We used the Urban Adventure Quest challenge to explore the city in a scavenger hunt type of game. The girls took photos so we could document our day and share it with others (the last step of the badge that they chose). It was a super fun experience that I hope the girls will remember for a while!

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G.I.R.L. Stories: Berthoud Girl Scouts travel to Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Genia Babyak

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

Troop 71126 has seven girls (high school freshmen and sophomores) and was busy this past year with the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie programs. Our girls worked very hard and earned enough money to fund their own trip to Washington, D.C. That trip was a great cultural, educational, financial, travel, and bonding experience. After hosting the “Mission Sisterhood” and “Cadette Amaze!” Journeys on October 29, 2017, the girls of Troop 71126 will each be focusing on their Gold Awards and building up their travel funds.

Most of the girls are passionate about performing and are involved in their upcoming high school musical, “The Wiz,” and the Berthoud High School Bridge Between Show Choir. Two girls are members of the Berthoud Youth Advisory Commission and all are actively involved in sports and community service projects.

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