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Someone 2 Know: Alli Christy Update

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We met little Alli Christy when she was just five years old and newly diagnosed with a disease that would forever change her life. When I asked her in 2007 what happened to her pancreas, she told me, "It just broke." Alli has Type 1 Diabetes.

Six years later, when we checked back in with Alli, we discovered she has gracefully grown up and has not let her disease slow her down. At 11 years old, she was riding a horse like a champ. She works with horses two to three times a week and cherishes the rides; they serve as a time-out from finger pricks, glucose levels and insulin pumps.

"I kind of forget about having diabetes and it's a whole different world - thinking about something else." She dreams of becoming a veterinarian, specializing in horses, one day.

That is not her only goal, however.

Alli is committed to helping find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. In fact, she has already traveled to Washington, D.C. on behalf of Nevada children battling the disease. "I told the Senators to keep raising money for research." Alli's father, Scott Christy, took the trip with Alli and was amazed by her poise and courage, "It was like an adult. She was talking and educating senators and congressmen. Really cool. She's a real advocate for finding a cure and she's done a great job."

Thanks to the hard work by advocates, like Alli, there is a lot of excitement about advancements being made to help patients. As a young girl, Alli had to prick her finger to test her blood before every insulin shot. Now, she wears a pump and relies on a meter to monitor her numbers. During our interview, Alli's meter read, "206." I asked what that number means exactly. "So, it's not that bad, but you might need a mini correction," she explained. She aims to keep her levels in the 100 range. Soon, however, she might not even have to do that. An artificial pancreas is in clinical trials.

While the fifth grader waits for even more medical advancements, she says she will continue to educate others and help young kids walking in her shoes. What is her message for them? "I know it's really, really hard. I've been there. It'll get easier every year once you learn more about it. And more people are becoming aware of Diabetes, so it's really great. Just stay strong."

Alli and her family will attend the annual gala benefiting the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this Saturday. The Carano Family will be honored for their longtime support of JDRF. Channel 2's Kristen Remington will be emceeing the event as well.

To learn more, log onto www.northernnevada.jdrf.org.

Phone: (775) 786-1881
 
Fax: (775) 827-0131
 
Email: northernnevada@jdrf.org
 
5335 Kietzke Lane Suite 230, Reno NV 89511
 
 
Written by Kristen Remington

 

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