COMMUNITY: Retro Zumba inspired by Love for Kids with Diabetes; A JDRF Fundraiser


Seven year old Sammy  was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes  (T1D) in  2012 when she was just 17 months old.

Sammy is the Manitoba Ambassador for juvenile diabetes and is just one of the many children affected by this condition.

Not many know that even kids (or babies)  can be affected by  this auto-immune disease which is not preventable and has no cure.

Since she was diagnosed as a baby,  Sammy   has had more than 15,000 insulin injections because her body does not produce insulin.


photo of Sammy @ 17 months when was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes


Sammy’s  mother  Tracey has to count, weigh or measure everything she eats and  gives her insulin injection.
Each night, Tracey also  has to check Sammy’s blood sugar to make sure she does not slip into a coma from low blood sugar.
Tracey and husband  Norm try to make Sammy  feel as  “normal” as possible by making her active  and involved in  many fun activities.
She confided though  that  extra planning  is needed in every aspect of  Sammy’s life  to make sure she is  feeling and doing great— school,  travel,  play time,  parties or simply everyday life.
Sending her to day camp means I have to train the staff.  Not all camps will accept her.   She dances Red River Jig, sings, and is a Beaver Scout. She still gets to enjoy all the normal childhood treats like  cake during parties or  candies at   halloween,   etc.   We   just have to give her insulin for it   and sometimes adjust the timing a bit.”
 Sammy is also actively part of the performers for the Belgian Pavillion at the Folklorama 2018.



For many years, Tracey and her  family has been actively organizing  events to help support the   Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF  is the leading global organization funding and supporting T1D research.

Their goal is to raise funds to support the most advanced international research and progressively remove the impact of this disease from T1 D affected  lives – to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure them.

“We have taken part in seven   of JDRF’s walk to Cure Diabetes through  our  Team Sammy.  It gets   larger every year!  It   is a good way to raise  funds and a  chance    for all the Type 1 families to come together. “
Tracey’s family  also  hosts   the Blue Streak Challenge every year in November during  Diabetes Awareness month  and   donate the money to JDRF.    
“My coworker  braids Blue Hair streaks and people make a donatiion to JDRF.”
They  have also done other fundraisers like  the Curling Bonspiel and T shirt fundrasiers.



Zumba for JDRF this summer!


On Saturday, August 18, 2018, for the first time, a  Zumba masterclass fundraiser in support of  JDRF will be held  with the help of   a group of Zumba Instructors (ZIN) volunteers.

The “Zumba for JDRF to Cure Diabetes” brings together families, neighbors and friends in an evening of  dance fitness @ the Maples Collegiate, 1330 Maples.

Together with Sammy and her family-  ZINs  Shirley,  Jen, Leah (Zwaggers),  Cecilia  and Daisy and  friends hope to create awareness about T1D in  children.

ZIN Shirley said  the event  will bring  some of  the  dance craze of the 90’s 80’s or  70′ s back on the dance floor.   “Yay! We are excited to see you in your retro costume as we all have fun for a good cause.”     

Supporters of  this event  will be able to do their  share  in joining  Sammy’s family in their  mission.  Donation of  $10 entrance fee  includes entrance to the event,  snacks and chance to win door prizes.  Event coincides  with  Zwagger’s 5th Anniversary.




While  sweet and smart  Sammy bravely fight and face her day-to-day journey with needles and pokes,  JDRF  hopes  that through support from donors, research work will accelerate to finally  find the  cure for  children with T1D.

Join the fun, dance your heart out and spread some Zumba Love to support children like Sammy.

Thank you to all  generous sponsors.   For  more information on the projects that JDRF is currently sponsoring, please check:








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