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Fundraiser set up for area 10-year-old with Diabetes

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Skylar Sinclair
Ten-year-old Skylar Paige Sinclair looks like a normal healthy child, but she isn't.

Skylar suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes.

"I have had diabetes for nine-and-a-half years," she said.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 Diabetes is when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and is used to breakdown sugar into energy for daily life. People with Type 1 Diabetes are insulin dependent.

"She tries to fit in, but she has to stop and take a break to check her blood sugar, take insulin or eat," grandmother, Becky Sinclair said. "We have to count her carbohydrates and starches. We have to know how many potato chips she eats or if she ate enough carbohydrates."

Though she has to be continually monitored and spends countless hours at the doctor's office, Skylar spends as much of her time as she can on her horse Butterscotch, which is used for therapeutic purposes. When she grows up, she wants to become a veterinarian.

"I love animals," Skylar said. "I want to bring hope and cheer to families with sick animals because I know what it is like to deal with the pain of being sick. I want to move to Kentucky and have a ranch."

Skylar and her family are hoping that one day there will be a cure for diabetes. To help make this possible, Skylar's family will be participating in the Walk To Cure Diabetes in Military Park, Indianapolis, sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) on Oct. 9.

To help raise money the Sinclair family will conduct a fundraising event called Sky's Dive-In For A Cure, from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, at the Forest Park Pool.

"The money raised at the fundraiser will go to Walk To A Cure," mom Michaela Sinclair said. "It will fund our team Strides for Sky."

The team name comes from watching Skylar take everything that is dealt to her with a smile.

"Strides for Sky is because at her worst and darkest time, she just takes everything in stride," Becky said. "When I'm having a bad day, I just look at her and if she can say 'hey I'm doing pretty good' then so can I."

The fundraiser will feature a DJ, bounce house, silent auction, 50/50 and a raffle.

"I hope to make this an annual event," Becky said. "I want this to be in Skylar's name but to continue on because it affects so many families."

With the support of the community behind them the Sinclair family is working hard to prepare for the walk in Oct., but first they want to have some fun and the fundraiser.

"I just hope everyone comes out," Becky said. "We have really been overwhelmed with community support."

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