Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Friday, October 29, 2004

Trick or treating for


Dear editor,

My name is Colton James Butler. I'm a soon to be 7-year-old boy. I live with my mom, Teresa, and grandparents, Kenny and Betty Butler, here in Nevada.

I just want you to know that I will again this Halloween be trick or treating for diabetes --you know, that "no big deal" problem that a lot of people have.

I haven't changed much in the past year and a half since I was diagnosed with a rare form of diabetes.

My grammy gives me my insulin shot every day and checks my blood sugar level at least two times a day. She gripes at me for eating things that I shouldn't eat and watches me closely on activity so I don't get hurt. She tells me I could get an infection a lot quicker than normal. So it is a big deal to have to bear, at my age especially. I just want to help someone else to understand if it happens to them or a member of their family gets diabetes at any age or any form it is a "big deal" in many ways, as so much can happen.

So I want to help research find a cure for this "no big deal" problem. My grammy is a nurse and has been for 35 years so I trust her, she and Grandpa are also diabetics, only they can take a pill. I'm hoping some day I can take a pill cause I really don't care for shots.

Last year I did this and collected $160 that we sent to the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation. If you write a check please make it out to "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation." I look forward to seeing you again this year and ask any other kids like me to join in this worthwhile cause. I don't much care for candy but I love to act funny or silly most of the time.

Please pray to God to help us find a cure soon, it will help a lot of people.

Thank you,

Colton James Butler