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Diabetes lifestyle, not life sentence

October 20, 2013
The Maui News
Kihei Charter School sophomore Brady Erickson, 15, learns some trick surfing from Maui Wave Riders instructor Ikaika Kawai on Saturday morning off Kihei’s Kalama Park. Erickson was taking part in the Surf and Turf Camp for Kids with Type 1 diabetes. “It’s really fun,” Erickson said. “It’s a great day for surf. I’m just glad I came out.” Erickson said he has Type 1 diabetes. “I don’t let it affect my life,” he said. “It could if I let it, but I don’t let it stop me.” He said he has learned to watch his diet and to not let his blood sugar levels become too low or too high. Also hitting the water to try stand-up paddling was the founder of the American Board for Child Diabetics, Colleen Haupt of Half Moon Bay, Calif. “We want them to know it is a lifestyle, not a life sentence,” she said. The American Board for Child Diabetics is a nonprofit organization focused on bridging the financial gap for children with Type 1 diabetes.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
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