300 show up for Welles­ley Li­ons’ fundrais­ing din­ner

The Woolwich Observer - - LIVING HERE - VERON­ICA REINER

THE COM­MU­NITY OF WELLES­LEY came to­gether for a good cause on Sun­day, with 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds of a din­ner go­ing di­rectly to sup­port the fam­ily of a lo­cal boy with di­a­betes.

Six-year-old Eas­ton Van De Hogan was di­ag­nosed with a se­vere case of Type 1 di­a­betes when he was just two years old. He has been in sev­eral life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions at such a young age. Be­cause of this, he needs sev­eral de­vices to make his life eas­ier and less painful, specif­i­cally a Dex­com, which is a con­tin­u­ous glu­cose mon­i­tor.

The Dex­com al­lows his teach­ers at Welles­ley Pub­lic School and his fam­ily to mon­i­tor his glu­cose lev­els in­stantly, avoid­ing the painful pro­ce­dure of prick­ing his fin­ger ev­ery 30 min­utes. The de­vice is ap­prox­i­mately $340 per month and re­quires a new $700 trans­mit­ter ev­ery six months.

An­other de­vice that makes life eas­ier for Eas­ton is an in­sulin pump, which re­leases sev­eral doses of in­sulin at meal times and when the glu­cose lev­els are too high, based on pro­gram­ming done by the user. The sup­plies needed to main­tain his use of this de­vice cost around $300 per month.

Un­for­tu­nately, OHIP does not cover all of the costs as­so­ci­ated with these de­vices, which is where the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity comes in.

“He’s just an awe­some lit­tle guy from Welles­ley,” said Julie Lo­gan of the Li­ons Club. “We’re not sure of the ex­act amount raised yet, but typ­i­cally we profit about $3,000. It brings a lot of the older Welles­ley res­i­dents out, and it’s a great event. Def­i­nitely wellat­tended.”

Some 300 peo­ple showed up on Sun­day to show their sup­port.

“Ev­ery time it’s dif­fer­ent,” ex­plained Bill Futher of the Li­ons Club. “A cou­ple of years ago, a per­son needed a triple lung trans­plant. An­other year, the pro­ceeds went to a per­son who had can­cer and trou­ble walk­ing. Ev­ery year it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. All of the prof­its from this din­ner tonight will go to this child. The Li­ons Club have done the cook­ing for this event for 28 years.”

[VERON­ICA REINER / THE OB­SERVER]

Bill Futher of the Welles­ley & Dis­trict Li­ons Club helped with the cook­ing at the roast beef din­ner on Sun­day.

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