Patient with a Cause - Meet MacKenzie
MACKENZIE BERTELESEN – Juvenile Diabetes Research
Meet Mackenzie is a patient of our office. She is an active 12 year old girl, who is a competitive dancer and soccer player. She loves spending time with friends and has a passion for the arts. On October 01, 2013 Mackenzie's life changed forever, when she was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type I, also known as type I diabetes.
Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes suddenly by destroying the insulin producing cells in the pancreas, that leads to high levels of glucose in the blood. It represents only 5-10% of all diabetes cases and left untreated type I diabetes is fatal. It cannot be prevented; it is not caused by poor diet and cannot be modified, corrected or cured by diet. There is currently no cure for type I diabetes.
To keep Mackenzie alive, she has to endure multiple daily injections of insulin 4-6 times per day and test her blood sugar levels 6-10 times per day by pricking her finger with a needle to test her blood.
Medication and supplies to keep Mackenzie alive averages $1000 plus per month and is not covered by OHIP. It is an out of pocket expense. A CURE IS NEEDED.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), is the largest charitable funder of, and advocate for, diabetes science worldwide with more than 80% of donations directly supporting research, education and advocacy.
On June 8th, 2014 more than 45 000 people across Canada along with 6 other countries will come together as a community to raise funds for research to cure, better treat and prevent type I diabetes. Mackenzie and her family will be participating in the walk to cure type I diabetes.
Please support Mackenzie by donating to the JDRF Telus Walk to cure type I diabetes and help end this disease.
To donate please visit Mackenzie's team website at;
Visit - jdrfca.donordrive.com
Click - Donate
Click - Pledge a walker
Search team name - The test strips
Gutsy Walk for Crohn's and Colitis
One of our hygienists, Corrine, has an 8-year-old son whowas diagnosed with Crohns December 2011. On June 10th Josh will be taking part in the “Gutsy Walk” which promotes fundraising for Crohns and Colitis. Please take a moment to read Josh’s story. If interested donations can be made via this link as well. Thanks for your continued support.
Congrats to Aunt Patty's Gourmutt Bakery
The attached article features Erin Gordon, a mother of our practice and a dental assistant that was a part of our team when we opened our London location in 2002. She still works in the dental field but has certainly made a name for herself in the dog world too! We know there is a lot of dog lovers out there, so if your pooch is in need of some yummy all-natural treats be sure to check out this article. Congrats Erin and the best of luck with your new bakery!http://www.thelondoner.ca/2012/05/15/gourmutt-treats-in-the-pantry
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for a local hero, Mark Ideson. We introduced Mark’s story earlier this month. He is now a semi-finalist and will find out in early June if he is the lucky winner of a wheelchair accessible van. Please visit the Mobility Awareness website for more information.
THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 IN LONDON
Every year the London Free Press asks its readers to vote for who they think is the “Best of London”. Thanks to our wonderful patients and patient families, this year we were voted #1 in the dentistry category! A very big thank you to everyone that voted for us! Keep an eye out for the special “Best of London” section in the London Free Press on March 31st.
The Unity Project
The Unity Project provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, and supports self-help where people are struggling to escape and avoid homelessness. This is a cause that Dr. Baby and Dr. Rojas support and believe in. Please check out their newsletter to see how the community is coming together to support this great organization.
The Unity Project
A special thank you goes out to the Bell employees at the downtown office. A parent from our London location and her fellow Bell employees went above and beyond and collected food donations for our Goderich Food Drive at their work place. We are so appreciative and touched when someone chooses to join us in supporting one of our causes. Thanks also goes out to everyone else who has taken time to drop off food. We will continue to accept non-perishable donations at all 3 offices locations until further notice.
Clipped for Cancer