Rocco Cole Kuehl was born January 7th 2009.
He was a happy, healthy baby boy. His sister Lacy just loved being a big sister and would want to do everything she could to look after him, feed him, change is diapers, bathe him, read to him but most of all she loved him with all her heart, we all did.
One evening shortly after Rocco had celebrated his 1st Birthday we noticed that his breathing had changed and he seemed to be more tired than usual. I took him to a walk in clinic the next morning, I told them I was concerned about his breathing and how lethargic he was. They told me he had a virus and that if he didn’t improve in a day or two I should take him to his Pediatrician (during his examination Rocco slept the whole time). Rocco slept most of the day, he didn’t have a fever? So why was he so tired?
That evening I took him to the ER. 4 Hours later he was Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and was in DKA ( Diabetic Ketoacidosis ). Rocco was critical. Sunday while in the NICU he started having Seizures (caused by swelling in his brain) shortly after that while in the CT room Rocco had another Seizure. We watched as they tried to save our son.
He was taken to St Pete All Children’s Hospital. At approx 3am Monday 25th January we were told our son was in a coma and that he was brain dead. Tests proved the doctors to be correct and we had to make the hardest decision in our lives, to turn off the machines that were keeping him alive. I held my son in my arms for the last time and told him how much we loved him. I held him close and tight until his little heart stopped beating. I didn’t want to let him go. That moment will stay with us forever. No parent should ever have to lose a child, and we believe that if we had known the signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Rocco would have been diagnosed sooner and correctly. He would still be here with us today.
We don’t ever want this to happen to another family. Knowledge is power. Knowing the Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes can save a life. Please help us spread the Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and the Sudden Onset of DKA. It could help save the life of another child. Thank you for your support.
Thank you Ricky, you are a class act man that inspires many. Jack Roush must be very proud to call on a man like you to represent his team. Thank you
Hi, my name is Lacy Kuehl. I have been racing flat Kart's since 2014. I race for Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors and for people that have passed away from Diabetic Ketoacidosis and support ones that suffer from diabetes. I race Dirt Oval, Asphalt Oval and Road racing.
In 2010 my baby brother Rocco lost his life to DKA ( Diabetic Ketoacidosis) 2 weeks after his first birthday due to being misdiagnosed with a virus. Diabetes doesn't run in my family, my parents have heard of it but they had no idea of how serious it was. Losing my brother was devastating to our family and it is now my mission to make sure parents and children all over the world know the symptoms and what to look for so that a diagnosis can be made sooner. No parent should have to lose a child from diabetes and a child shouldn't have to lose a parent from diabetes.
My passion for racing started in 2013 when I met a driver who was Diagnosed with diabetes when he was 17 years old. Doctors told him that he would never race again but he was determined to prove them wrong and he did. My inspiration came from the Venturini's who invited us to Daytona.
The driver does not support our charity and never has which I don't understand. :(
My passion and drive comes from those that I race for so to get more attention to Diabetes Awareness we got a dog. Some don't like racing but they might LOVE Dogs.
In June 2018, we introduced a new member to our Drive For Diabetes Awareness Charity KETONE our working dog. He is a 3-month-old German shepherd puppy named Ketone. You're probably wondering, Why Ketone? Well, we named him after the word Diabetic Ketoacidosis ( ketones are what produces the fruity smell of the breath of people that are in DKA ) which is a symptom. Our plan is to train ketone to be a Diabetic Service Dog so that he will be able to detect the fruity smell from the ketones we also have him walk around with brochures from my races and share education about the symptoms.
In 2018 I raced for a little girl named Addie Parker. She sadly lost her life from DKA in 2011 just 5 weeks before her 5th birthday she even saved 40 other children's life's witch to me is just amazing. Her story really touched me they all do but this story was really inspiring. Unfortunately there story's are not hard to find. Type one diabetes is becoming an epidemic. It breaks my heart when I see another child taken from us knowing that the pain the other family's are feeling. When I drive for someone I want to make them feel good and let them know that they are not alone in this world an that if You want to do something that you love that you can still do it. When I race for them I send them video messages and make a big announcement on my Facebook, Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKM6BZzyDlA02SrIhHT4mTQ , Instagram, and Twitter pages. I also put their story on our website page www.DFDA.info and send them a gift in the mail that includes a Drive for Diabetes Awareness Shirt, Hat, Stress balls and 2-4 brochures for the race that I am in.
When Addie passed away her mom and dad donated her organs and tissue to kids in need and she saved 40 other people's life's which is amazing. when I now race Addie's name will forever be on my kart along with my brother Rocco's. I am proud not only to spread the Awareness of Diabetes and its symptoms but the importance to of an organ donor.
Thank you for taking the time to read about what I do, and the reason why I do it. Thank you, mom and dad, for all the support over the years and everyone that has helped me over the years. I will continue to Dive for Diabetes Awareness with my passion and determination. Please memorize and share the symptoms with your friends and family it could help save the life of a loved one.
Sincerely, Lacy Kuehl
In memory of Rocco cole Kuehl and Addie Parker
2017 Lacy (Cool) Kuehl Interview at Inverness, FL for the Inverness Grand Prix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHvR_Z7CbZ0
Lacy (Cool) Kuehl has been racing since the Summer of 2014 with over 200 races on Dirt, Asphalt, and Road. Racing in State Dirt oval series and State Asphalt series.
2014 Started her charity Drive for Diabetes Awareness, Inc http://www.DFDA.info
2014- Lacy has raced for over 10 Diabetic Ketoacidosis Survivors and many that have passed including her brother her HERO Rocco. Just ask her who her hero is.
First, Win Asphalt oval 2014 Rookie. Ambassador Racing School, FL
First, Win Dirt oval 2014 Florida Dirt Motor Speedway, FL
First, Win Road 2017 Inverness Grand Prix, FL.
2017 Inverness Grand Prix award for Sportsmanship
2018 First double starting at 7 am in Inverness, FL Road placing 2nd and later that day two races on Dirt oval placing 2nd and 3rd.
2018 3rd in points at Florida Dirt Motor Speedway, Land O' Lakes, FL
2018 Received a plaque from The Villages Motorsports fan Club for her advocacy for Diabetes Awareness and Motorsports. Honoring her as an Ambassador for Motorsports and Humanity.
2019 Hard Charger for the Fall in the Brawl premier Dirt race at Florida Dirt Motor Speedway with 22 karts in her Jr2 class starting in 19th and finishing 6th.
2019 Chosen for NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Development program. Age 12 NASCAR'S youngest signed development Driver. Finished in 2nd place in the youth Combine at the GoPro Motorplex in NC
2019 Young Racer Award for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards. Presented at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2019
2019 US Legend Cars at the 26th Annual Bojangles Summer Shootout 10 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Lacy Kuehl Youngest driver at age 12 in Young Lions Division. Finishing 16 of 30. In points Best finish 10th of 26 Young Lions. Best time on track at 17.62
Let us introduce to you the newest member of Drive for Diabetes Awareness. "Ketone" 9 1/2 week old 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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