Next Event March 23-24th NASCAR Drive for DIversity Combine Charlotte, NC
Oakley, age 9 at the time was a very active kid, He raced go-karts, he played soccer, baseball but his passion is go-kart racing. He was always playing outside and helping his family with chores, cutting wood, and yard work. One day we were out working in the yard and it was a very warm day, Oak just could not get enough water. That was the first time I had noticed his excessive thirst, so later that evening I mentioned it to my wife, Christin. She told me that earlier in the week he was having some issues with bed-wetting that were out of the ordinary. Christin is very familiar with diabetes and their symptoms because her two brothers have T1D and her dad had T2D, so she made Oak's first Doctor’s appointment, which would be April 4, 2017.
April 4, 2017, was the day that changed our lives.
We noticed signs of diabetes but didn't want to think it was true the thirst, urinating wetting the bed we noticed the symptoms about a few before making the appointment with the family Doctor, we arrived for our appointment and the family Doctor pricked Oakley's finger to check his Blood Glucose and his number was 443. The Doctor was very concerned of our child as he was on the verge of being in Diabetic Ketoacidosis, 443 for anyone it's alarming especially since Oakley 9 at the time was not diagnosed as a Diabetic. The Doctor sent us to the local hospital to do blood work to double check his number it was the same and his a1c was 10.2 then we went back to the family Doctor's office and he told us to pack our bags and go straight to Erie, Hospital as there is a bed waiting for Oakley and he needs urgent care now "TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE". When we arrived we went straight up to the room where a nurse came in and give Oakley a shot of insulin and they kept watch on his numbers every 2 hours until they got his numbers under control. Oakley was on the verge of diabetic ketoacidosis but Mom and Dad did the right thing and got him tested. Good Job MOM and DAD...
We spent 4 days in the hospital learning about diabetes and administering shots so we would know how to do it by day 4 Oakley's numbers where under control and he was pricking his fingers and giving himself his shots on his own and has been doing it himself ever since, he has learned how to count carbs and gives himself enough insulin to cover the food he eats. We had to have help learning how to transition this 9-year old from being able to eat whatever he wants, to learning how to count and calculate everything he eats, as well as how to give himself shots. This had to be one of the scariest times in our lives.
One of the first things Oak asked when we finally were getting this under control was “Can I still race?” We told him you could do whatever you want! This disease is not going to stop you.
Over the last 2 years now, Oakley has shared a lot about his diabetes with his friends, they have all watched him check his blood sugar, and give himself shots. We think it is important to share and educate people because you would not believe the number of people we have talked to that have no clue what diabetes is and how it affects a child and their family.
Oakley now 11 Junior 2 driver and is a track champ with many trophies, this kid is a true wheelman. Oakley is dealing with something no kid should have to deal with. Some kids understand diabetes better then others and some kids will struggle. Oakley was awarded by his School "The Good Citizenship Award" Oakley has proven that even with diabetes you can do anything you want to do and become an ambassador for Diabetes Awareness. Never give up the fight!
We would like personally thank the Kuehl family and the Drive for Diabetes Awareness program for the opportunity to share Oakley’s story and help raise awareness.
Oakley is respected off the track as well as he is on the track. Just this past year Oakley earned himself 2 track championships. Oak has collected over 125 trophies from his racing, including Driver of the Year, Track Points Champion. He has been driving for the past 5 years. He has shown other kids how to act on
the track as well as off, and you can see that at any race you go to, he has quite the fan base. Oakley has proven that even with diabetes you can do anything you want to do. Never give up the fight!
FREE RACE KART GIVEAWAY FROM DFDA
Lacy Kuehl is an advocate for Type 1 (DKA) Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors and ones that have passed from this deadly disease. Lacy shares their story and makes race week and race day all about them she talks about how this can be prevented with knowing the symptoms and to "Check Don't Guess" It may just not be the FLU.
The Doctors said Lacy's brother Rocco (age 1) had the FLU. Now Rocco is Lacy's Hero and Angel for others to warn of these symptoms of diabetes that go undetected due to complacency and awareness of type 1. No parent or family member should lose a child or loved one to diabetes.
Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC
It shall be the mission of this corporation to create public awareness of the need for diabetes screening, particularly of young children, and to distribute information by pamphlets and similar communications at sporting events and otherwise to inform the public about the symptoms of diabetes and dangers of the unknown or untreated diabetes for the support for those dealing with a diagnosis of , or research related to, juvenile diabetes such as by promoting the slogan : "Check Don't Guess"
FREE KART GIVE AWAY $2,000 value Prowler Chassis, Motor, New Body wrapped and race ready to be given away this Summer, that Lacy Kuehl and Drive for Diversity K&N East Nascar Driver Brooke Storer has raced in. .
We are still looking for that one special child somewhere in the USA that is a Type1 Diabetic that is in racing oval karts dirt or asphalt. If you are interested in what we do and know a child or family please contact us. All candidates MUST send us their child's bio and requiring A, and B student that has a passion for racing and willing to help others and DFDA, willing and able to share our message on social media and at their local track. If you have contacted us in any way but have not sent your BIo please do so as we will not consider anyone until they have done so.
This summer Lacy and DFDA will deliver the kart to your local race day track for a race we will be apart of with you and your family in your pit the Kart will be yours. Where is that kid? Help, please share
We are also looking for associate drivers for DFDA, anywhere in the World. Requirements stated above are the same for associate drivers. Please contact us at www.DFDA.info or call Brent Kuehl at 941-447-5929 Thank you.
By supporting Drive for Diabetes Awareness, you play a pivotal role in helping diabetes awareness that helps, prevents, supports and ultimately educates others about diabetes and its complications. There are many ways you can help! Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Copyright © 2016 Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC - All Rights Reserved.
Please contact us with your DKA Story of survival and maybe Lacy will be racing for you and sharing your story so to help others have a chance at saving their loved ones. Thank you for your support please share.
This is the FREE Kart we are giving away to a Diabetic Child Contact Drive for Diabetes Awareness.
Don't be a victim know the symptoms and ask your Doctor or Nurse. How do you know my child has the FLU? Have you heard about Rocco's story ? Are we going to do a blood glucose test?
"Check Don't Guess"l
Twice the the Doctors said Rocco had the FLU. Twice they were wrong telling us to go home. Rocco is now dead! Thanks Doc you were wrong, complacency got the best of you all. Anyone want to listen? It may just be Diabetes not the FLU......
ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus. Signs and symptoms will include false diagnosis of the FLU with DKA being overlooked or improperly treated which may include vomiting, abdominal pain, deep gasping breathing, increased urination, weakness, confusion, and occasionally loss of consciousness. A person's breath may develop a specific smell. Onset of symptoms is usually rapid. In some cases people may not realize they previously had diabetes. DKA can happen to anyone>
Triggers may include infection, not taking insulin correctly, stroke, and certain medications such as steroids. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids which produces acidic ketone bodies. DKA is typically diagnosed when testing finds high blood sugar, low blood pH, and ketoacids in either the blood or urine.
The primary treatment of DKA is with intravenous fluids and insulin. Depending on the severity, insulin may be given intravenously or by injection under the skin. Usually potassium is also needed to prevent the development of low blood potassium. Throughout treatment blood sugar and potassium levels should be regularly checked. Antibiotics may be required in those with an underlying infection. In those with severely low blood pH, sodium bicarbonate may be given; however, its use is of unclear benefit and typically not recommended.
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Don't be the next victim "Check Don't Guess"
Ask your Doctor, How do you know it's the FLU? Have you seen Rocco's story? Why not check? No we don't have any family background with diabetes but Doctor you know that Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death right? Let's "Check Don't Guess"
Let us introduce to you the newest member of Drive for Diabetes Awareness. "Ketone" 9 1/2 week German Shepherd Puppy.
Why #Ketone you ask? : #DKA Diabetic Ketoacidosis is what took Rocco's life and many others.
We race to spread the awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and it's symptoms. NO Parent should have to lose a child from this disease. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook. #DKA #DFDA #Ketone #CheckDontGuess #ThxAdd
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Type 1 diabetes (T1D, insulin-dependent or juvenile) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. With T1D a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although the causes are not entirely known, scientists believe the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with T1D must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump.
While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and – at present- nothing you can do to get rid of it.
Education about the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes is critical because Type 1 can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu, and misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences. As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S. Knowing the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes can save a life. Please share what you’ve learned with everyone.
By supporting Drive for Diabetes Awareness, you play a pivotal role in helping diabetes awareness that helps, prevents, supports and ultimately educates others about diabetes and its complications. There are many ways you can help! Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
By supporting Drive for Diabetes Awareness, you play a pivotal role in helping diabetes awareness that helps, prevents, supports and ultimately educates others about diabetes and its complications. There are many ways you can help! Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Copyright © 2016 Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC - All Rights Reserved.