You may remember the lovely ladies of The R2 Studio who shot our engagement session in Jerome a few months back. Renee, one member of the R duo, is also a pediatric nurse. So when we asked what charity they were passionate about, it was a no brainer for her. She immediately suggested children with diabetes as she had close relationships with many of her diabetic patients. Diabetes affects 23.6 million children and adults in the US, nearly 8% of the population. Diabetes ranks as the 7th leading cause of death in this country. Most children with the disease have Type 1 diabetes meaning that their body does not produce insulin. Insulin converts sugar and starches into energy the body can use. With the help of insulin treatment most children can learn to manage their disease and lead healthy and happy lives. However diabetes can result in some major complications like blindness and kidney failure. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are crucial to preventing other forms of diabetes as well as managing the disease once you have it. To read more about the signs and symptoms of diabetes or find out how you can help, visit the American Diabetes Association website. Robin and Renee knew of a mother who had organized a support group for other children with diabetes and their parent’s. They asked if we would be willing to help fund an event for this group in lieu of paying them for the photo session. We were excited to be able to provide a little fun for these children and help bring some awareness to this disease. The kids voted to go bowling!
Here is what Renee had to say about the event:
During my time as a pediatric RN I fell in love with the my kiddos who had type I Diabetes, it became my passion as a nurse. I know it may sound weird….but if you got to spend as many days as I did with “my” diabetic students you would feel the same way! The charity wedding concept is an amazing idea that Kyle and Alicia came up with to give what money they would spend on their wedding, to multiple charities instead. So….when we signed on to take part in the “Charity Wedding” we knew instantly where their generous donation would go.
The R2 Studio funded a back to school bowling event that will now become a yearly tradition. Please enjoy the pictures below and remember that giving is better than receiving!