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Diabetes Support Group Forming at Wheeling Hospital
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:14 PM

A support group for area residents with Type 1 diabetes is being formed at Wheeling Hospital, and the first meeting will provide an ideal outreach opportunity for area families. Dr. Amy Jean, pediatric endocrinologist at Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics, and Tammy Owen, president of the West Virginia branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), are organizing the group.

The kick-off event – open to the public and all adults and children with Type 1 diabetes, as well as their family and friends – is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. March 9 in the hospital auditorium.

“There will be activities for the kids, snacks and refreshments, and opportunities to connect with other Type 1 families in the Ohio Valley,” Jean said. “This opportunity to connect with other Type 1’s and families of Type 1’s is a key component of the outreach program being promoted by the West Virginia Branch of JDRF.”

Coming from Michigan to address the attendees will be a teenager Tyler Kramer and his family. The Kramers are involved in the A1C Champions youth/parent program created for children and families with Type 1 diabetes. A1C is a measure of blood glucose control.

“Tyler has served as a Youth Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, while also helping raise tens of thousands of dollars for his family’s foundation, Diabetes Research & Education Advocates of Michigan – DREAM,” Jean said.