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Dorian at Dallas Comic Con 2015

When Dorian was just 10 Months old he was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. When he arrived at the hospital his blood glucose level was 965, he was unconscious, and had lost 2lbs from the time he was released from the ER just 12 hours prior. For reference 965 is 8 times higher than the suggested healthy limit.  From that point forward Dorian was 100% dependent upon Insulin to survive.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder affecting the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. Insulin is required to turn the glucose everybody eats into energy to power your body. Without it, we will get sick and eventually die. There is nothing Dorian or his parents could have done to prevent his diabetes. It is a bonus in his genetic lottery.
Here are a few statistics about Type 1 Diabetes:

  • 1.25M Americans are living with T1D including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and over a million adults (20 years old and older)
  • 40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth
  • Between 2001 and 2009 there was a 21% increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.3
  • $14B T1D-associated annual healthcare costs in the U.S.
  • Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are achieving target blood glucose control levels
  • T1D is associated with an estimated loss of life-expectancy of up to 13 years


Dorian at Camp Sweeney First Session 2017

What is Camp Sweeney?

Camp Sweeney is a camp for Type 1 diabetics located in Gainesville, Texas. The camp founded in 1950 by Dr J Shirley Sweeney, and to date has helped over 35,000 campers lead a full and productive life despite their diagnosis.
“Camp Sweeney is built upon four ideals that campers and staff alike strive to achieve: Normalization, Confidence, Virtue and Support…Camp Sweeney is truly a place where friendship begins and never ends.”
​The summer camp allows children, like Dorian, to interact without explaining their condition, and without feeling different. Classes are held on how to manage their condition and how mismanagement can effect them in the long run. The camp is even open to siblings to attend and live like a diabetic, checking their blood sugar, attending classes, etc. ​

Camp is built on the virtues of Perseverance, Faith, and Courage.

What is JDRF?

JDRF is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to funding research to end Type 1 Diabetes.

  • JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research with 96 U.S. locations and 6 international affiliates.
  • Since inception, JDRF has contributed more than $2B to T1D research.
  • JDRF is currently funding 50 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies.
  • Approximately 80% of JDRF expenditures directly support T1D research and research-related education

(Source JDRF)