Family starts group to help others after son diagnosed with diabetES

Posted: Jul. 17, 2017 9:15 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Seth McBride vividly remembers Nov. 23, 2015.

That day, his son, Logan, now 7, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The doctor’s explanation that there was no cure echoed in his head, and McBride’s wife, Kayla, cried beside him upon hearing the news.

The couple left the doctor’s office at Hannibal Clinic and immediately drove with Logan and their daughter, Maggie, to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis so that Logan could be seen by a doctor who specializes in type 1 diabetes.

“I remember stopping at a gas station because Logan had to use the restroom,” McBride said. “I thought to myself, ‘My God, my son will never be able to eat anything in this store ever again.'”

Later that day after talking with doctors, he found out that wasn’t true, and after staying at Cardinal Glennon for three days, the family began the two-hour journey back to Hannibal.

The McBrides have always prioritized giving back to others, and while in the car, Kayla suggested they hold a “fun run” to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

That initial idea of wanting to help others affected by type 1 diabetes has led to the McBrides starting their own organization to help others in the Northeast Missouri community.

The Blue Wolverine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, publicly launched July 9. All donations made to the foundation will assist families in Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Scotland and Shelby counties who have children under the age of 17 diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The Blue Wolverine Foundation will assist families by providing them with gas and food gift cards and giving the child an activity book for when the family travels out of Northeast Missouri for doctors appointments related to type 1 diabetes.

“Every three months, you need to go to a doctor for check-ups, and the closest doctors for those are in St. Louis and Columbia…

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