Nothing in Amanda’s 10 years led her parents or her pediatrician to believe that she would develop juvenile diabetes, the most common chronic disease of childhood. But two years ago they got the news that changed their lives. Now 12, Amanda is coping well with the stress of managing diabetes, but has good days and bad days, says her mom, Aida Halawani.
“She looks fine on the outside but I know this disease can affect her eyes, her kidneys, and her heart. We pray for better treatments and a cure for juvenile diabetes.”
In Arizona, one in 400 children suffers from juvenile diabetes. Among Hispanics and Native American children, the incidence is even higher – nearly twice the national average. A new program at the Steele Center will offer comprehensive care for children with diabetes, explore the genetic causes and begin research to test new therapies to take better care of children with diabetes.