Success Stories of Kids Living with Diabetes

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American Diabetes Association
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While working as a claims supervisor for Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Daniel “Dan” Hohal has been tasked with overseeing and supervising complex claims cases in New Jersey and New York. Outside of working on insurance cases, Daniel Hohal focuses on charities like the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) documents the success stories of patients who have experienced discrimination because of having diabetes. Below are a few stories concerning child patients who were assisted by the ADA’s legal associates.

1 – Andres Alba has type 1 diabetes, which almost prevented him from attending the Illinois Mathematical and Science Academy (IMSA) Summer Camp. Although the camp ran all day, there was no nurse in charge during the afternoon shift. Adriana, Andres’ mother, contacted the ADA when her request for afternoon care was not obliged. The ADA discussed the situation with the academy, and IMSA agreed to accommodate the needs of their attendees with health issues.

2 – Kiara Paglia almost had a low-glucose episode while she was on her school bus. Her mother asked the school to allow buses to carry glucose tablets for children with type 1 diabetes like Kiara. The school refused, which prompted Kerry Paglia to contact the ADA’s legal advocates. As a result, the ADA made a direct request to the district, and Kiara and other children with type 1 diabetes now have candies – supplied by the parents – for emergency situations on school buses.

3 – Ashlynn, a nine year-old with type 1 diabetes, was unable to attend CREST, a program in Santa Monica that allowed children to participate in various classes related to art, dance, sports, and other activities. CREST refused to change its policy, which prevented its staff from learning how to administer glucagon – medication that Ashlynn needed for low-glucose episodes.

After contacting the ADA, Ashlynn’s mother was able to outline her daughter’s legal rights to receive emergency care at CREST. Soon after, the organization allowed their staff to be trained about type 1 diabetes and the administration of glucagon.

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