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3 members of the Christer family from Pana, were the program speakers at Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, to talk about how diabetes has affected their family.
Tim and Jennifer Christer, along with their 10-year-old son Bo, talked about how they discovered that Bo had Type One Diabetes when he was 7 years old, and all they've gone thru in treatment since. October is National Diabetes Month.

Tim Christer shared with Kiwanis members how they found out Bo had diabetes at age 7.

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His wife Jennifer explained to the Kiwanis Club there are more local children with Type One Diabetes than she realized.

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Tim and Jennifer shared with local Kiwanis members how they have handled Bo's disease on a daily basis. Treatment includes Bo wearing a pump 24/7 to administer insulin into his stomach, as his body does not break down sugars that a normal body does. His parents also measure the number of carbs Bo eats in each meal, then enters it into a small computer connected to his pump.

As a result of Bo's diagnosis, the Christer's have been heavily involved in raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or J-D-R-F, which is the research and education foundation to help find a cure for the disease. Last year, the Christer's raised some 36-hundred dollars for the organization, and so far this year they've raised over 27-hundred dollars.

4 members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Key Club from Taylorville High School, attended Tuesday's Kiwanis Club meeting.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

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