Children Teaching Compassion

Children Teaching Compassion Life can be pretty tough for kids. There are the typical insecurities…feeling different, looking weird, acting stupid…the list is endless. Kids are always teasing each other mercilessly; anyone who has ever attended an elementary school knows this only too well. If a child is “different” for some reason, such as having an illness or disability, it makes life all the more difficult. Hence, it is very refreshing and heart-warming to see children trying to make life better for their classmates and others afflicted with diabetes. Such was the goal for the young students at Munger Hill School in Westfield, Massachusetts.

According to the video story from May 10, 2009, on CBS-3 Springfield, the elementary-aged children walked to raise money for diabetes research. The idea was inspired by the lives of two kids at the elementary school who live with the life-long disorder. The youngsters walked Friday afternoon as part of a fund-raising project, with all proceeds from the walk being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

According to the Joslin Diabetes Center, approximately 1 out of every 400 to 500 children have Type 1 diabetes. The rates are even more staggering for Type 2 diabetes, with numbers in the millions. Diabetes is, at the very least, an inconvenient disease. Even those adults who have suffered with it their entire lives and have managed to control it still have the occassional complication from their bodies’ lack of insulin. It must be especially more difficult for children as they do not always understand what is happening to them. Add to this feeling really different when they have to draw their own blood several times a day, and give themselves shots, and watch what they eat, and sometimes eat special foods. Kids with diabetes must carefully plan their meals, trips, and social life. Merely being afflicted with diabetes can give many children self-confidence issues, thereby affecting the rest of their lives

To a kid, DIABETES must seem like some big, scary thing that just looms there like a shadow, unable to be seen, waiting to pounce at any second and make them sick. Then there is the inconvenience of having to make sure to always have a testing kit on-hand, and to test several times a day, in addition to being capable of self-administering insulin. It would be an agonizing ordeal for adults to suddenly have to deal with, certainly more so for children. Although the majority of diabetecs are able to learn to deal with their diabetes and control it, there are those whose suffer serious side effects and complications from the disease most of their lives. For many diabetics, a cure would mean the possibility of an escape from a life of pure agony. Fortunately, there are people like the kids at Munger Hill School, who recognize this and sincerely want to help their classmates and others be able to live more healthy, comfortable lives. Seth Bannish, one of the two diabetic students at the school for whom the walk benefitted, summed up the spirit of the day, declaring, “They’re like, helping find a cure and they care for me.”

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