Youth Tri-athlete Baden Brown Speaks on Juvenile Diabetes
Rotarian Tamie Babb with Baden Brown
Hendersonville Rotarian Tamie Babb introduced Baden Brown as the Club’s guest speaker. Baden is an eight year old third grader at Davidson Academy whose favorite subject is science. He was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at age five, but that doesn’t slow down the youth tri-athlete that has never lost a race. Baden and his parents, Lindy and Byron Brown, work very hard at monitoring and managing Baden’s blood sugar level to allow him to continue his activities. Baden is also a local spokesperson and fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). As such he participated in his 4th JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Bicentennial Mall on September 29th, 2012. Baden’s story can be seen at http://vimeo.com/47585168.
Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person's body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. More information can be found at www.jdrf.org.