Scrapbooking an end to diabetes
Local woman organizes unique fundraiser event
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.
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.
Memories: Covington resident Tracey Clark creates a scrapbook page with photos from a trip to Hawaii