I am a mom of two teens, Maggie and Jake, and a Literacy Coach at Jensen Beach Elementary. I met Macey and her family when she was two years old, at Mom’s Morning Out at a local church. Macey and Jake became fast friends, bonding over their mutual love of Toy Story. I was sad that I couldn’t have Macey over for a play date, because I was unable to manage her medical needs. As our children grew older, and went to the same school, I became more familiar with T1D, and tried to always have cheese sticks on hand if Macey needed a snack at my house. I know that sounds silly, but I knew she could have those and she would be safe! As the kids grew older, Macey developed a love for theater that my daughter, Maggie, also has. They are great friends as well, participating in many productions together.
We have walked with the Macey’s Believers Team since Macey was 3 years old, and participated in all of the fundraising events over the years. I was honored to be asked to be a Board Member when Macey’s Believers became a 403C organization. Because I have a Master’s Degree in Reading and Special Education, I am also qualified to help our T1D’s get what they need in the school system. I was happy to attend the CWDFFL Conference last year, and learn more about that, the research that is going on to find a cure, and meet so many courageous families! My husband, Tom, and I are proud to be part of such a caring organization!