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Buy a pound of wings to fight diabetes

Families organizing fundraising event to help battle the disease

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A young Southland Park woman is determined to help find a cure for the disease that impacts "every part" of her life.


The families of Allison Amedick, 15, along with St. Vital youth Marc Engel — who both have Type 1 diabetes — have organized a Wing Night fundraiser on Sat., Feb 9 at Smitty’s Restaurant & Lounge at 580 Pembina Hwy.


There will be a silent auction and a $15 ticket will net guests a pound of wings, fries and a beer. All funds raised at the event will go to the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, which will be held in June at Assiniboine Park.  


Amedick, who attends J. H. Bruns Collegiate, said her life has changed drastically since she was diagnosed with the disease nearly seven years ago when she was nine.


"I no longer have the same freedom as other kids. I must always be prepared to manage my diabetes for the rest of my life," Amedick said.


According to her mom, Lori, the teen must give her body insulin, as it doesn’t produce any, which requires at least seven injections per day, sometimes more. She must also check her blood sugar levels, by pricking her finger, at least 15 times per day.


"It affects every part of my life. If I am doing something simple, like going for a walk, I must check my blood sugars and make sure I have something with me in case I go low," Amedick said.


Speaking of going for a walk, Amedick is encouraging individuals to show their support by coming out to the upcoming fundraiser in Fort Rouge.


"The more money we raise, the closer we can get to a cure. Not for only me and Marc, but for all those living with diabetes," she said, noting she is connected to Engel — who was diagnosed 18 months after her — as their brothers played football together.


As a heads-up for parents and caregivers, Lori noted her daughter’s original symptoms included severe urination, blurry vision and extreme exhaustion — and that she copes maturely and responsibly.


"I actually thought she had West Nile virus," she said, adding Type 1 diabetes does not run in her family.


"Having diabetes requires constant monitoring. There is no day off, so Allison is always aware of it. I am very proud of her. She has taken full control of her health and always manages to keep within her targets."   


Lori said organizers are still welcoming silent auction donations — including promotional items, merchandise and gift cards — and that all sponsors will be recognized during the event.


For more information, email amedick@shaw.ca or dwengel@shaw.ca.

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