Logan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 17 months old. We have been fundraising and raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes for several years. This year we are lucky to be able to partner with Tony Lafo Racing (https://www.facebook.com/tonylaforacing/) who is sponsoring Children with Diabetes, to raise awareness in New England with his race truck! Check out the race schedule on our events page and join us for a race this summer or fall!
As part of Logan’s plan for his 10 year diaversary (7/11/18), he plans to run two races in 1/18 to raise money for both JDRF and the Friends for Life event. He also wants to fund raise to donate Jerry Bears to families that can’t afford them. He has several events planned to meet his fundraising goals. For more information and to support his mission like/follow his FB page or this blog for regular updates. Facebook.com/elbowbumpkid
We will provide general updates, reviews of whatever Logan feels like reviewing, as well as updates on our life with Type 1!
origin of elbow bump: https://elbowbumpchallenge.wordpress.com/…/11/first-blog-p…/
Logan’s 10 year diaversary plan: https://elbowbumpkid.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/7112018/
Race donation links:
Mom 5K for Beyond Type 1 (Jerry Bears & Pen pal program): https://donate.beyondtype1.org/ebkmomsteam
Disney shirt fundraiser: https://elbowbumpkid.wordpress.com/…/disney-embroidered-sh…/
Goal met, thanks!!! Logan 5K-http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/loganmerwin
We will have many fundraising events through the year! Stay tuned! Thanks!
Logan and I will be running a 10K in January to fundraise for Children with Diabetes, the organization that runs Friends for Life events.
Shop till you drop from 6am on August 7th until midnight on August 14th. When you purchase your items (Disney included!!) and mark them sold, use code CWD for our fundraiser. Lularoe Smarties will donate $1.50-$3.00 for every piece purchased. Lularoe corporate will match that as long as we reach $100 donated. Be sure to invite lots of people and share the event so we reach our goal. This isn’t a huge fundraiser for CWD but if you are buying Lula anyway, why not buy it through our fundraiser and help support an awesome nonprofit!
The actual sale will take place in the Lularoe Smarties group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LularoeSmarties/
You will need to join that group on August 7th to shop. It’s an amazing group of people and you are welcome to join the group before the fundraiser but your sale won’t count towards CWD until 6am on August 7th.
If you are not on Facebook and want to participate, here is the non facebook link to shop! It doesn’t have everything so email your size and I will have her take pics of the rest of her FB inventory in that size! https://shoptheroe.com/party/1004432627p/
Children With Diabetes provides support, education, and inspiration to families and people of all ages living with diabetes. As an advocate and global resource, they empower those living with diabetes to enjoy long, enriched lives. 100% of any donation received goes towards an activity for youth at the July 2018 event. You can donate directly through our run site https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/890033 or by mailing a check to:
Children with Diabetes, Inc.,Elbowbumpkid Fundraising, 8216 Princeton-Glendale Road, PMB 200, West Chester, OH 45069-1675
A reminder that Logan and I are running in the Abbott 5K for Beyond Type 1 on November 5th in NYC. Should be great practice for anyone running the Disney races or if you just wanted to run a cool 5K in NYC. Sign up to be on our team:
Sign up for a 5K race entry here-http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2017/abbott-dash-to-the-finish-line-5k-and-usatf-5k-championships
Then go to Beyond Type 1 and click on join my team on the left side of page (don’t create your own pages unless it’s under my team): https://donate.beyondtype1.org/team/119716
Hope to see you there! I’m not a morning person so I will have a cup of coffee in hand at the start line!
Such fun to have my 10 year old as JDRF’s feature in this months Team JDRF newsletter!
As a reminder, you can donate anytime to CWD through our run link: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/890033
I asked Logan to say a few sentences in his own 10 year old words about his FFL experience this year but it couldn’t include sports central or food. Here’s what he said:
Friends for Life is like entering a whole new world with your Type 1 friends. We all love the mystery of who is beeping when a sensor is alerting. I love the magic of it being on Disney property, it makes the conference more special.
I love being in the exhibit hall where I get to talk to the people who are there for the products I use, then they give me swag so I can remember them all year. The Tween program had choices of things to do. We got to play and do lots of fun activities with our friends.
Most of all, I love the security of all the other parents that can see if you are low or just need a hug. I don’t always see my mom all day but there are so many other people that are watching out for me. And when I need my mom, like when I pulled my pod off at the tween dance, she’s there in no time at all.
In summary, sports central and the carb counts on food is not all that FFL is about. It’s about friends, family and being around people that have Type 1 too.
Sometimes we have a perfectly “normal” day and then diabetes tries to throw us a curveball.
Logan’s pod ran out of insulin while we were in Chicago at a mall, we had been using tons due to some blood sugar craziness the day prior and it ran out early. I bet diabetes thought that it would ruin our plans to see Cars 3 but it didn’t know that I had a pod and insulin in my purse since we were traveling. Changing a pod in the middle of a mall wasn’t the most fun thing I ever did but I’m thankful we were prepared and were able to move on in 10 minutes.
Diabetes-0, Mom 1. Take that Diabetes!
Stay tuned for next week’s update, live from the FFL event!
As we are working towards our goals for Logan’s 10 year diaversary project, I don’t want to lose sight of his 9 year milestone coming up in July. Logan will be a bit melancholy that day as this year the date doesn’t fall into the Friends for Life event timing. We plan on throwing a little party late July (details to follow if you live in CT) but I’d love for some of you to send him a card if you like to cheer him on with this accomplishment. He’s come such a long way this year and is my little hero! Please join us in celebrating with him!
Also, if you contribute $9 , $90 or anywhere in between to his CWD Friends for Life 2018 run (to raise money for the 2018 kids program) you can win a pair of Nick Jonas headphones in a signed box! Winner will be drawn on his diaversary on 7/11/17! If you are in CT we will also have a separate drawing that day for tickets to the CT science center!
You can also choose to support Beyond Type 1 instead, who has an awesome penpal program for kids, tons of parent resources and is funding a national DKA awareness campaign. Same deal, donate before 7/11/17 and you can win a pair of Nick Jonas earbuds in a signed box!
As always, thanks for supporting Logan, whether with a card to cheer him on or a donation to one of his fundraising runs. We know some amazing people and appreciate all of you!
We had an amazing opportunity to head down to NYC on June 4th to see the Bike Beyond Team before they took off on their 10 week ride to San Francisco to raise awareness and critical funds for Beyond Type 1. It was incredibly inspiring for Logan to meet with the 20 Type 1 team members especially the youngest team member Abby. The excitement was contagious as they dipped their bikes in the water and then took off on their journey! He asks every morning and night if she or Bike Beyond posted updates on instagram account and we have had some great conversations about the challenges that they could face and the epic adventures they will have. He can’t wait to see them on the skype chat that he will view when he’s at Friends for Life in July! He’s trying to convince me to take him to the finish line in August…..
Feel free to read up on their mission and trip plans on http://bikebeyond.org/.
Logan and I are also signed up to run for Beyond Type 1 in the Abbott 5K in November in NYC. This will help raise funds for the Jerry the Bear program, penpal program, DKA awareness campaign and so much more. Feel free to join our team and run with us if you are able or donate here: https://donate.beyondtype1.org/team/119716
To a cure!