On Sunday, January 13th, a very courageous nine year old was invited to the Batcave. She goes by Sugar and she is has been living with type-1 diabetes since she was 24 months old. And, to answer your question, yes, by Batcave I do mean Batman’s lair.
To honor the strength and courage Sugar puts forth each day living with diabetes, The Wayne Foundation extended the invitation, which included limo transportation to and from, full access to the Batcave, rides in the Batmobile for Sugar and 25 of her friends, AND a donation to a charity of her choice.
Sugar and her mother, who is none other than the fantastic Wendy Rose, chose the Diabetes Hands Foundation as the recipient of the donation. Wendy has been a member of TuDiabetes since 2010. You may recognize her as MrsCandyHearts! Wendy has been a major supporter of TuDiabetes and our program, Big Blue Test. Wendy raised awareness of Big Blue Test in the Phoenix JDRF walk last year and collected an astonishing number of participants. We are truly thankful for all of her incredible efforts and accomplishments.
Thanks to Wendy, and Suagr’s super-strength and super-courage, the Diabetes Hands Foundation received a $1,000 grant from the Wayne Foundation.
Below are excerpts from Wendy’s blog about life with a child living with type-1 diabetes as well as a link to the rest of the post she wrote about the occasion.
Please visit her site and support her as she continues to write about life with diabetes.
“The day before our visit, she received a hand-delivered letter congratulating her for her strength and courage in the face of obstacles. She was also permitted to invite 25 guests, arrived by limo, AND walked away with a Batkey of her very own…one day she’ll be able to bring her key back to drive the Batmobile herself!!!”
The Wayne Foundation is committed to using their Batmobile in support of non-profit organizations. Not only do they provide this amazing experience for children with a chronic diagnosis, but they also make a donation to the charity sponsoring the child (in our case, it was Starlight). In addition, they make a second donation to another charity of the family’s choosing. We chose the Diabetes Hands Foundation, specifically because of their Big Blue Test initiative which provides life-saving insulin and education to people who would otherwise be unable to access it.”
Thank you again Wendy and Sugar. We are forever grateful.
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January 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Thank you for this awesome post! I’m always thrilled to have the opportunity to help DHF however I can!
PS — Mike was awesome behind the wheel! NaNaNaNaNaNaNaNaNa BATMAN!