Offered by Thollot Jewelers
In 2003, the Thollot family’s lives were thrown into chaos when their middle daughter, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 7. The symptoms she had exhibited prior to diagnosis – extreme dehydration, nausea, and weight loss – had warned Troy and Joy that something was wrong, but nothing had prepared them for the financial and personal challenges to come. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. Only 5% of people who have Diabetes are diagnosed with Type 1, and nearly all of those are children. There are no prevention measures for the disease and currently no cure, though research is ongoing.
When Morgan, their youngest daughter, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes one year after Danielle, the family was sent into a tailspin for the second time. Danielle had been initially diagnosed, her medical bills totaled in the thousands, even with insurance coverage. Morgan’s diagnosis meant, even more, financial stress. “With double the financial burden of the year before, we were blessed to have the means to meet the girls’ medical needs.” Joy relates. “Even so, we knew that many other families could not afford the necessary insulin and equipment. We felt compelled to figure out a way to turn our own donation to the Helping Hand Program at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes into a fundraising campaign helping local children with Juvenile Diabetes… And the Diamonds For Diabetes campaign was initiated.”
Every year, Thollot Jewelers puts up a tree decorated with hundreds of ornaments filled with an assortment of jewelry and gems. For a donation of $25, a customer can pick an ornament off the tree and open it to find anything from a beautiful gemstone to a diamond necklace. The very first Diamonds for Diabetes event was a very surreal experience for the Thollot family as their customers and friends rallied around the fundraiser, showing support for the family and enthusiasm for the cause. The program has only become more and more successful each year as more money is raised for the Helping Hand Program.
It is through events like Diamonds for Diabetes, as well as the generosity of those who donate to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and their Helping Hand Program, that families and children who are victims of Childhood Diabetes are able to afford the care that they deeply need. Thollot Jewelers is excited for the 7th Annual Diamonds for Diabetes this November 19th – December 31st. Stop by the store to participate in a wonderful program and a very worthy cause. Thollot Jewelers looks forward to seeing you there!
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