Why We Do ItWe Strive to Make a Difference
We use our gifts through our resources, our hands through the participation of our DOZ staff and family, and our hearts through the continual awareness of the needs of those around us. In this effort and in the continued effort to increase our resources through the growth of DOZ, we can and do make a difference.
A day to remember! Shoes, hats and gloves for the entire family! This was Lestly’s Wish. A shopping spree for her and her family.
Lestly is a fun-loving 9 year-old girl who loves fashion! She enjoys dancing to Beyoncé and helping her mom cook! Lestly likes to play X-Box, talk with friends, jump rope, and loves dogs and cats. She loves the movie Frozen and the TV show Jessie. Lestly also suffers from Muceoepidrmoid Carcinoma, one of the most common types of salivary gland cancers. The tumors cause salivary gland lesions and are most frequently seen in the oral cavity. The condition is rare in adolescents.
The DOZ Charitable foundation is dedicated supporter of the Make A Wish Foundation and made it possible for Lestly’s Wish to be granted. She not only got to go on her shopping spree, but did so in a limousine with her mom and her siblings. When Lestly was asked by Make A Wish what Wish she would like granted, she asked for a shopping spree, not just for herself, but for her entire family, so they could buy new coats, hats and gloves to keep them warm in the Indiana winter.
Ella is now 9 years old and in 4th grade. She is on the gymnastics team. She loves swimming and having sleepovers with her friends. The music is never loud enough in the car. She could go shopping at Justice and Claire’s every weekend. She is a normal kid trying to live a normal life. Except she has Type 1 Diabetes. This affects her physically, emotionally, and mentally every minute of every day. This chronic auto-immune disease requires her to be dependent on insulin in order to survive. Regulating her blood sugar levels is a constant balancing act between carb intake, exercise and activity, emotions, hormones and growth. This is not something a 9-year-old should ever have to deal with. JDRF is working hard to help make life easier for children and adults living with Type 1 Diabetes by developing solutions to better treat and eventually cure the disease.
The DOZ Charitable foundation is dedicated supporter of JDRF, and together with the staff of DOZ have supported the JDRF Walk raising nearly $20,000 for Ella and the 1,250,000 others that live with Type 1 diabetes. It is our hope that one day Ella will live free of finger sticks and needle pokes.