Middle Georgia family raises childhood diabetes awareness

GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –     November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. A Middle Georgia family is sharing their story to highlight this disease.

Michele Barber says her son Levi was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. This diseases means his body cannot produce insulin.

The 15-year-old wears a continuous glucose monitor which watches sugar levels. His health could seriously be affected if they are too high or low. He also has to watch what he eats so he can keep his sugar levels in check.

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Despite all of this, Levi says he doesn’t think of diabetes as a disease.

“At first I thought it would tear me down, not make me eligible for things, make me different from everybody else,” Levis said. “Now I feel the same as my peers at school, I think I can do the same things they can without thinking twice about it.”

Michele says taking care of Levi is a family affair. Everyone keeps an eye on him because his sugar levels can change without warning.

She’s hoping the community will learn more about the disease.

“Just be aware of the treatment and the signs in diabetics,” Michele said. “Just be sure to have your children checked annually.”

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. There is no cure.

This weekend you can enjoy a magic show to benefit children who suffer from diabetes. Camp Little Shot is a special camp where these kids get to meet others like them and learn how to live with the disease.

Mark the Magic Man is hosting his show, Déjà Vu, and the money raised goes to the camp. Kids who attend the camp do not have to pay.

The show is Saturday, November 8 at the Grand Opera House in Macon. Tickets are $26 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids 12 and under.

Click here to learn more about Camp Little Shot.