Scrap­book­ing an end to di­a­betes

Lo­cal wo­man or­ga­nizes unique fundraiser event

The Covington News - - Local News - By Tyler Smith

More than 60 women of all ages and back­grounds joined to­gether Satur­day to Crop Out Di­a­betes at the Char­lie El­liott Wildlife Cen­ter.

Ev­ery year, Tina Jack­son, founder of Crop Out Di­a­betes, or­ga­nizes a day long scrap­book­ing ses­sion to raise money for the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion. Years ago, Jack­son or­ga­nized scrap­ping­book­ing events to make a liv­ing, but her mo­ti­va­tion changed when her 12-year-old son Caleb was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes.

“He was sick and I took him to the doc­tors and they told us he had a virus,” Jack­son said. “So we took him home but he did not get any bet­ter and few days later he called and told me he was real sick and he didn’t care if he had to go to the hospi­tal, he needed help.”

When the fam­ily ar­rived at the hospi­tal, Caleb was ad­mit­ted to the in­ten­sive care unit af­ter his blood sugar level came back at 783.

“It was at co­matose level,” Jack­son said. “On Thanks­giv­ing Day they told us his pan­creases had stopped work­ing.”

Jack­son’s son is now a fresh­man at East­side High School and one of six stu­dents at the school who have to live with type 1 di­a­betes.

“He is ath­letic and very mu­si­cally tal­ented,” Jack­son said. “He taught him­self how to play gui­tar and is the main gui­tarist at Trin­ity Praise Cen­ter. He just has to take shots ev­ery­day.”

Though Caleb is able to live a nor­mal life with reg­u­lar in­so­lent shots, Jack­son and those at­tend- ing the crop out are look­ing for more. Us­ing the slo­gan, “Be­cause in­sulin is not a cure...,” Jack­son is able to raise money ev­ery year for the JDRF and their re­search for a cure.

The event has be­come very pop­u­lar in New­ton County as an an­nual get to­gether of sorts for the many scrap­book­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve had a great turnout this year,” Jack­son said. “There are 50 per­cent more here than we had last year.”

Par­tic­i­pants paid $40 a ticket to the event, money that goes di­rectly to the JDRF, Jack­son said. For their money, the scrap­book­ers re­ceive two meals, a goodie bag filled with sur­prises and of course plenty of room to scrap­book.

Ven­dors also lined the walls sell­ing ev­ery­thing from scrap­book­ing sup­plies to mas­sages and mint makeovers. Kathy Ed­wards, a con­sul­tant with Creative Mem­o­ries, is a long time friend of Jack­son’s and re­spects the work she does.

“This re­ally is a great cause,” Ed­wards said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Crop Out Di­a­betes, please call Jack­son at (678) 877-1385 or visit the Web site www.crop­out­di­a­betes.org.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Com­ing to­gether for a cause: Lo­cust Grove res­i­dent Kristi Davis trans­fers in­spi­ra­tional words to a scrap­book page con­tain­ing pho­tos of her daugh­ter as she raises money for Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes at the Crop Out for a Cure event held Satur­day at the Char­lie El­liott Wildlife Cen­ter in Mansfield.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Mem­o­ries: Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent Tracey Clark cre­ates a scrap­book page with pho­tos from a trip to Hawaii

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