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Dancers featured at diabetes fundraiser

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Marcia Sarosik's Lake Tahoe's Shinning Stars will be among the many entertainers who will perform May 21 at the Juvenile Diabetes fundraiser at Harrah's Tahoe.
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Do you remember when you were little and had to get a shot from the doctor? Now, imagine that you are 2 and your mom has to give you two injections a day. Or imagine that you are 10 and you have to learn to inject yourself two or three times a day. That is the reality for a child with Type I diabetes. Many people are under the misconception that diabetics can control the disease with proper diet alone and will not need insulin injections. The truth is that those with Type I diabetes will need to take insulin their entire lives. There is not a cure for diabetes at this time. Children with Type I diabetes and their families must always monitor the diabetic child’s exercise, diet and insulin intake, or they run the risk of serious complications. Blood sugar levels that are too low can result in unconsciousness, seizures and death. Blood sugar levels that are too high can cause diabetic comas and severe complications such as blindness, loss of limbs and kidney failure.

Education about diabetes and its treatment are crucial not only for the diabetic and the family. Everyone needs to be aware of the effects of diabetes. It is essential for teachers, coaches, employers, babysitters, etc. to be educated about the disease.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe will host “A Galaxy of Stars Present How Sweet It Is,” a fundraising event for the Barton Foundation’s Diabetes Fund, beginning at 5 p.m. May 21. The foundation provides funds for children with diabetes to attend camps, where they learn how to live with diabetes, gives support to families and meets other diabetes-related needs.



The event is a gala performance and silent auction featuring both superstars and rising stars. Chipper Lowell from the Horizon’s show “The Chipper Lowell Experience,” professional magician Eli Kerr, drummer Liz Broscoe, the comedy act of brothers Cy and Cheetah Platt from Lucky Rabbit Productions, professional musician Randy Harwick and professional ballerina Shannon Roberts headline the event and will be joined by the South Shore’s own Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars.

The Shining Stars, from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, are very close to this worthy cause. Sarosik, the director, has taught many diabetic students over the years including current hip hop and jazz instructor Angie Gooch who was diagnosed at age 10. Ballet and lyrical instructor Nicole Mora has a brother with the illness and lost her mom to complications from the disease 18 months ago. On March 10, Mora’s 2-year-old son, Kasey, was diagnosed and has been on two shots of insulin per day.



The leadership classes at South Tahoe and Whittell high schools have been helping solicit donations for this event. Members of the South Shore business community have stepped forward and donated some great raffle and silent auction items including a two-night stay at a five star Napa resort, a sailing cruise on Lake Tahoe’s “Pirate,” an autographed bat from Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame star Al Kaline, a signed jersey from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay, massage packages and many more.

We are asking you to help support this event by purchasing tickets and attending the event, donating auction/raffle items or becoming a major sponsor. Basic ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Group packages for 10 people that include preferred seating, two bottles of wine and soft drinks for the table are available for $250, with preferred packages for five people and two people also available.

Join us in the spirit of community to support the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For details on how you can help, call Marcia Sarosik at (530) 541-7211; Vicki McKenna, Barton Hospital diabetes chair, at (530) 543-5548; Kathy Farrel, Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce at (775) 588-4591.


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