Team Josiah fundraises for diabetes awareness

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
06/19/2017 08:30 AM
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Team Josiah participated in the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to raise awareness and funds for a diabetes cure. The team is named after Josiah Wright, far left, and raised $875 for the ADA. COURTESY
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Josiah Wright participates in the festivities of the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wright, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2016, said the main reason he wanted to participate was to raise funds for a cure. COURTESY
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Team Josiah had 18 participants, 11 of whom were under the age of 15. The team had the largest group of children participating. COURTESY
TULSA, Okla. – It’s been more than a year since 10-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen Josiah Wright was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but that didn’t stop him from recently walking a 5K and raising $875 for the American Diabetes Association.

“It’s important to find a cure for diabetes,” said Wright, who indicated that was the driving factor for walking in the ADA’s “Tour de Cure 5k Walk” on June 3.

Normally a bicycle event, this year it was expanded to include the walk.

It was Wright’s mother, Lila Bark, who came up with the idea to participate after contacting the ADA for more ways to get involved.

“Josiah has been diagnosed for over a year, and his first year was quite a learning experience and still is,” Bark said. “I wanted us to get involved to show Josiah there are people who want to find a cure and support the cause.”

The family put together Team Josiah consisting of 18 individuals, 11 of them being under the age of 15.

“I felt honored and appreciated all the people that came to walk with me,” Wright said.

The family also found other ways to raise money, including selling candy bars, #TeamJosiah T-shirts and hosting a yard sale.

Wright learned he was a Type 1 diabetic in January 2016 after bladder issues led him to the CN’s A-Mo Health Center in Salina, where doctors discovered his blood glucose level was 324.

A normal blood glucose range is around 100 or less, according to the ADA.

Wright was immediately referred to Laura Chalmers of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, who gave the diagnosis to the family.

“I was heartbroken,” Bark said. “Still now as I talk about it with people I get teary eyed and emotional, but I am better than I was on that day. It was hard to take in, that your child will have to live with this disease for the rest of his life or until a cure is found.”

Since the diagnosis, the family has altered its lifestyle drastically by monitoring food intake and making exercise a priority.

“I now have to watch what I eat, especially the carbs,” Wright, who is on a special carbohydrate diet, said. “I have to remember to check my sugar and take my insulin before I eat. I eat more vegetables, less pasta and less junk food. I try to put in an hour of physical activity daily.”

Mother and son are also reaching out to groups through Facebook for support and advice, though Bark admits it is difficult finding children who are Type 1.

According to the ADA, only 5 percent of all diabetics are Type 1. For those with the condition, the body does not produce insulin naturally. Insulin is a hormone required to move glucose, a source of energy, from the bloodstream into cells.

“I met another parent through a friend from work whose son is T1, so gradually I am slowly meeting people, but the community around us is very small,” she said. “I would love to start a support group locally or even get involved with the support groups in Tulsa eventually.”

Until then, the family plans to keep participating in 5Ks to raise awareness.

“It was a fun experience and will be a yearly event we participate in,” Bark said. “We hope our fundraising and group get larger every year.”

For more information on diabetes, its symptoms and how to manage it, visit www.diabetes.org.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏔᎳᏏ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᏦ. – ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Josiah Wright ᎠᏥᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ Type 1 ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏪᎲ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎴᏫᏍᏔᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ 5K ᎠᎴ ᎤᏩᏟᏌᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ 875.00 ᎢᎦᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏛ ᎠᏩᏛᏗ ᏙᎯ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Wright, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎬᏩᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ADA’S “Tour de Cure 5k Walk” ᎾᎿ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏦᎢᏁᎢ.

ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎪ, ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎤᎾᎪᏔᏅ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᏃᏊ.

ᎾᏍᎩ Wright ᎤᏥ ᎨᏒ, Lila Bark, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏚᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ ADA ᎤᎪᏛ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ.

Josiah ᏣᏥᏩᏛᎡᎸ Ꮓ` ᏥᎩ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. “ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏇᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᏥᎪᏩᏛᏙᏗ Josiah ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏕᎵ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎩ ᎨᏒ Josiah ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎩ ᏁᎳᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᏏᏭᏫᎭ, ᏌᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏍᎩᏚᎩ.

ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏱᎸᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎷᏨ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒ ᎢᏧᎳᎭᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Wright.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᏕᎸ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏩᏛᏗᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, #ᎤᏓᏢᎩ Josiah T-ᏗᎾᏬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏔᏅ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᏂᎾᏕᎬᎢ.

Wright ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ Type ᏌᏊ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏧᎧᎸᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᏨᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏂᎶᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏴᏢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎼᎯ ᏙᎯ ᎠᏰᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎤᏬᎷᏩᏛᎮᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᎵᏌᎵᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎩᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎨᏒ 324.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏃᎵᏎᎵᏓᏁᎲᎾ ᏱᎩ ᏥᎵᏎᏥ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ , ᎧᎵ ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ADA.

Wright ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏟᏍᏛ ᏩᏥᎧᏅ Laura Chalmers of the Harold Hamm ᎣᎸᎵᎰᎹ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎠᏰᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

“ᎡᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏅ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. “Ꮟ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏯᎩᏃᎮᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ Ꮟ ᎡᎯᏍᏗ ᏥᏰᎸᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏆᏟᏂᎪᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎢᎦ ᎠᏍᏓᏴ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏅᏒᏗ ᏣᎧᎲ ᎠᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏓᏂᎵ ᏯᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏂᎦᏒᎾ ᏍᏓᏱᏳ.”

ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏌ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏟᎶᏍᎬ ᎠᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎨᏒ exercise.

“”ᏃᏊᏃ ᎠᏆᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᎩᏍᎬᎢ, ᎢᎦ carbs ᏥᎩᏍᎬᎢ,” Wright, ᎠᏑᏰᏓ ᎨᏐ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏎᎰᎢ carbohydrate ᎠᎩᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏩᏌ. “ᎠᏆᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎩᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎠᎴ insulin Ꮟ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏴᏅᏂ. ᎤᎪᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᏥᎩᏍᎪ, ᎠᎦᏲᏠ ᏑᎩᏓ ᎪᏢᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ. ᎦᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏆᎵᏖᎸᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ.”

ᎤᏓᏥ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᏧᏣ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎾᎿ Facebook ᎾᎿ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏁᏲᏗ, ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏍᏓᏲ ᏗᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ Type 1 ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ADA ᎨᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ percent ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎾᎿ Type 1 ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ, ᎠᏂᏰᎸ Ꮭ ᏯᏙᏢᏍᎪ insulin ᎤᏩᏌ. Insulin ᎾᏍᎩ hormone ᎯᎠ ᎠᎲᏍᎩ glucose, ᎠᏓᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᎾᏳ ᎩᎦ ᎡᏙᎲ ᏩᏟᎦ cells ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᏐᎢ ᎩᎶ ᏙᎩᎾᏙᎵᏨ ᎤᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎣᎩᎾᎵ ᏦᎩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎪᎵᎦ ᎨᏒ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏠᏯ T1, ᏙᎢ ᎤᏟᎵᎸᏓ ᎦᏥᏲᎵᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᏗ ᏗᏥᏟᏐᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎲᏂ ᎾᎥ ᎠᎴᏱᎦ ᎦᏥᏖᎳᏕᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎳᏏ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎠᏎᏃ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎨᏙᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ 5Ks ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ.

“ᎤᏬᎸᏗᏃ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎣᏤᏙᎮᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎣᏥᏟᏏᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᏔᏃᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒᎢ.”

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ, ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏛᏁᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, visit www.diabetes.org.

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