Family Dance For Diabetes To Raise Funds for Marshfield Clinic

Dance For Diabetes

Diabetes Dance a Family FUNdraiser for the Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund

All kids should be able to let loose and have fun, even if they are coping with a chronic medical diagnosis such as diabetes.

That spirit is at the heart of 2nd Annual Dance for Type 1 Diabetes, which will be held on Saturday, February 11.

“This event raises funds for children and is focused on making the evening fun for children and families,” said one of the events organizers, Dara Luangpraseut.

“The 2nd Annual Dance for Type 1 Diabetes is sponsored by the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation and organized by four passionate women affected by type 1 diabetes (t1d) who are either moms with a child with t1d or a mom who has t1d or both,” she said.

“It is a fundraiser for the Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund, an angel fund established through the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. It is the only event we know of in Central Wisconsin that welcomes children and families of all ages to a fun evening of dancing, snacks, photo booth, raffle baskets, and more, in the middle of winter,” she said.

This is the second time the group has hosted the event, with about 400 people participating last year.

Luangpraseut is looking forward to the event, both for all the fun families can have but also to raise money for a worthy cause.

“We are very excited about this event because the need is great and we love to see children living with t1d empowered by the tremendous show of support and understanding by their friends, family, and health care providers who attend the event,” she said.

Luangpraseut sees a great need for the fundraising effort.

“The proceeds from Dance for Type 1 Diabetes go to the Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund, an angel fund established through the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. The Fund sends children living with type 1 diabetes to diabetes camp, which is like any other fun summer camp opportunity but it is staffed by volunteer medical professionals and counselors who often have type 1 diabetes themselves and teach campers to take control of and manage their own diabetes,” she said.

Not only do the funds help children to attend diabetes camp, it also helps with other necessities.

“The Fund also provides life-saving, child-friendly items to children living with type 1 diabetes such as ID bracelets, fun diabetes supplies (bags, stickers, skins for insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, belts for insulin pumps), diabetes backpacks, and continuous glucose monitors that are not covered by health insurance,” Luangpraseut said.

Overall the Fund helps many people that are coping with this chronic illness.

“The Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund serves Marshfield Clinic Health System pediatric type 1 diabetes patients whose families are experiencing financial hardship due to their child’s diagnosis and need for ongoing diabetes management and care. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease that destroys the body’s ability to make insulin, a hormone used to breakdown and store energy in the form of glucose (carbohydrates) from foods,” she said.

The Marshfield Clinic Health System is currently treating approximately 400 type 1 diabetics and more than 100 have made use of the Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund.

“In 2016, nearly $10,000 from the Neal Family Pediatric Diabetes Fund was distributed to enrich the lives of over 100 children living with t1d and their families. We want to help even more children,” she said.

While the event is raising money for a serious cause, Luangpraseut hopes that people come out and have a little fun with the evening.

“It is an event where the entire family, from babies to grandparents, are guaranteed to have a great time for a great cause in the middle of a Wisconsin winter! There will be a photo booth with costumes, face-painting, animal balloons, snacks, raffle baskets, and lots of dancing led by a DJ and Bollywood Zumba instructor,” she said.

2nd Annual Dance for Type 1 Diabetes
When: Saturday, February 11
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Hotel Marshfield, 2700 S. Central Ave.
Cost: $20 individual, $50 family
More information: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/giving/special-events/dance-for-diabetes or check out their Facebook page.