Rocco's story

Rocco's Story from Mom

    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. 

Rocco's Story

Ricky Stenhouse wishes Lacy Good Luck for 2018

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

Lacy Kuehl's first win in Jr2

 9/29/18 # 4 Lacy Kuehl First Win in Jr2 at Florida Dirt Motor Speedway This weekend racing for her brother Rocco and Addie Parker Drive for Diabetes Awareness "Check Don't Guess"   

Tony Modica Interviews Lacy at the Inverness Grand Prix 2017

Drive For Diabetes Awareness, Inc

Our Mission

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"

BIO Driver #4 Lacy Kuehl

Highlights of 2018, 2 race tracks in one day. Asphalt Inverness, FL and Florida dirt motor speedway


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.

in 2010 my baby brother Rocco lost his life to DKA  ( Diabetic Ketoacidosis) 2 weeks prior to 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 now 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 meet driver Ryan Reed 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. He now race's in NASCAR's Xfinity series for the Roush Fenway Racing Team and he is a 2 time Daytona international speedway winner. I have been racing now for 5 years and this year i just started to race for DKA survivors and people that have passed away from DKA. My passion and drive come from those that I race for.

    In June of this year, we introduced a new member to our Drive For Diabetes Awareness Charity pit crew. He is a 3-month-old German shepherd puppy named Ketone. your 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.

    This year 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, Instagram, and Twitter pages. I also put their story on our website page 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 peoples 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 

Meet Ketone a 9 1/2 Week old German Shepherd Service Dog


Meet Ketone Newest Member of DFDA Service Dog in Training

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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