Friday, November 4, 2011

Type 1 Fun Night at CMU (aka. Parents Night Out)

You are Invited:
CMU Mavericks
Colorado Mesa University - Room 156

We would like to invite Type 1's and their sibilings to come join the RN Students at CMU for a night of fun.  Children 8-18 are encouraged to attend, below 8 will be taken on a room available basis.  All children will need to RSVP for a correct food and fun count.

What will everyone be doing?!
Visiting / Hanging out
Sporty Fun
Food and Drinks will be provided
No Parents

Have questions?  Call Deb Bailey, Asst. Prof. RN, at 970-248-1772

RSVP on our web page, email us, or to Summer Turner @ 970-434-6223

Thanks so much to our sponsors:
JDRF and Funding from the Community Hospital Foundation

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Event News

Friday October 28th, 2011
3:30 pm - 5: 00 pm
Angelo's Pottery & Glass Studio
Grand Junction, CO
You are welcome to join us for the fun!

Monday December 5th, 2011
Monday February 13th, 2012
Parent's Night Out / Type 1 Fun Night @ CMU
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More information to come on this but it will be an RSVP event so mark your calender now.  We will have supervision, fun, food, games and a lot more.  Again, more information will be available soon!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Create Your Own Silver I.D.

You are Invited:

2478 F Road, Grand Junction, CO  81505

For What?  We will be using silver clay to create our own I.D.

If you RSVP by October 15th your single regular size I.D. will be paid for by the Community Hospital Foundation if not it is $45 per packet of silver and this makes 2 regular size I.D.s or 1 large I.D.

When?  Friday October 28th, 2011
3:30PM - 5PM
There will be snacks and water.

Please RSVP by October 15th to:
Summer Turner - Coordinator


Terri Thompson, CDE

We will have Terri Thompson, CDE and another long time type 1 parent available for those of you who are newly diagnosed to visit with so bring your questions.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank you!
Diabetes Counts would like to thank a few important people for joining us and supporting us for our first ever ride in the Tour of the Valley!

On August 28th, 2011 at 6:30 AM we started arriving at the hotel with our bikes, meters, pumps, water, glucose, and whatever else we may have needed and getting ready to ride 15-30 miles.  The weather was overcast and warm and even though it was early it was beautiful out. 

Our youngest member, a 6 year old type 1, was very inspiring planning to ride as much of 15 miles as he could on his bike.  At 7AM we assembled with our bikes in front of the hotel where the ride started and took a photo as a team.  We had the representative from Sanofi Aventis, a Team Type 1 rider and her family, our Community Hospital sponsored CDE and her husband, and two familys with 3 type 1 kids. 

We finally got on our bikes and we were off to a great start!  Our group made it all 15 miles in about 2 hours and when we reached the rest stop we congratulated each other and some of us decided despite the looming clouds, ominous thunder and lightning to go ahead and ride back after part of us decided to go home.  The ride back was just as fun although, we did get cold and very wet it was a good time and the scenery all day was just wonderful.  Upon arriving back at the finish our 12 year old type 1 who rode all 30 miles said she was proud of herself for making it because she did not think she was going to when she started. 

Way to go everyone and thank you to all of you for showing up!  Maybe next year we will have even more families join us and the rain will wait so that we can all finish the entire 30 miles.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tour of the Valley

Do you like to ride your bike?  
Would you like to ride with other families, type 1s, and be a part of something fun here in Grand Junction for free?! 
 Contact Diabetes Counts 
or Community Hospital 
about joining us for the 
This next Sunday
August 28th, 2011! 
 Community Hospital is going to help pay for type 1 entry fee and if you need a riding buddy we have volunteers to ride with you!  You can choose a 15,30, 50, 75, or 100 mile ride

Please call Community Hospital and let them know you are a type 1 family who is wanting to ride and they will cover your entry fee. 

We will start at the Doubletree Hotel @ 7AM and we look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to School BBQ

Join us for the BBQ
August 20th, 2011 Saturday
Canyonview Park
The Grand Shelter
next to the Playground and Volleyball area
12pm - 2pm
Please bring a side dish to share.

  Sunday August 28th, 2011
Tour of the Valley Ride
Free entry for type 1 diabetics
for more information check out this link to Community Hospital.  We look forward to enjoying a beautiful ride with everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

August Back to School B-B-Q

Hello Everyone!

We just wanted to let you know we will be holding a back to school b-b-q on
 Saturday August 20th @ Canyon View Park.
 We hope that you can all join us we are looking forward to hearing about how everyone enjoyed their vacation.  Keep checking back for updates!

Diabetes Counts Coordinator

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sponsorship Thank you!

We would like to put a giant thank you out there to Community Hospital for sponsoring us for our first year!  There will always be a need for sponsorship and donations in order for our group to offer fun events and meetings as well as educational opportunities to type 1 diabetics and their families if you know of someone looking to donate or sponsor please email us!

Have a healthy, adventurous, and fun filled summer everyone!

From all of us at Diabetes Counts

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Activities

Here in Grand Junction, Colorado we are fortunate to live within 50 miles of something fun to go and do any day of the week here are some fun ideas for you to enjoy your summer holiday see you for our next meeting August 20th!

MASH Camp at Colorado Mesa University / Mesa State College:

Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau:

US National Forrest Campground Sites on the Grand Mesa:

Grand Junction Recreation Activity Guide:

 * Swimming Pool
 * Activity Guide
 * Much More

 * Recreation Center
 * Bike Trails
 * Hiking
 *Much More

Gateway Canyons Resort:
 * Horseback Riding
 * Camping
 * Much More

Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce:
* Hot Springs
* Glenwood Caverns:

Ouray Chamber of Commerce:
* Hot Springs
* Camping

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Diabetes Counts May 19th Meeting

Please join us if you are in the area and are a type 1 between kindergarten and 12th grade.

We will be meeting 
Thursday May 19th, 2011 at 

Grand Mesa Middle School

585 31 1/2 Road

Grand Junction, CO 81504

Located south of Patterson / F Road at 31 1/2 Road.

The meeting will begin at 6pm with our guest speaker Debra Bailey, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mesa State College followed by some time for families to visit.

We look forward to meeting you there.

p.s. We are now proudly listed on as the only support group in Colorado please help us spread the news!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Teen Type 1 Pizza arty

Make your own pizza at Nick-n-Willy's!  Other teenagers will be there.  Meet Thursday, May 5th at 5pm at the Nick-n-Willy's on Horizon Drive, next to Safeway, bring $5 for your handmade pizza, you may even get to throw around some dough!

There will be supervision, parents will be welcome to stay, but remember this offer is for the teenagers only!!  You are welcome to bring a friend even if they are not a diabetic. 

Remember to bring $5 to pay for your pizza and drink!

683 Horizon Dr.
Grand Junction, CO. 81506   US

Telephone: (970) 245-6425

Location: 12th St. & Horizon Dr., In the Safeway shopping center

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New News!

Our May 19th Meeting is set for 6PM at Grand Mesa Middle School.  Please join us.

We are now on Face Book!  Just log on and search for Diabetes Counts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

May Meeting

If you have a type 1 in your family or you are a type 1 between kindergarten and 12th grade we invite you and your family to join us for our second meeting:

May 19th
Grand Mesa Middle School

At this meeting we will start with a 15 minute project, a 15-20 minute professional information speech and end with adult discussion and kid visiting time.

Just so you know we will be creating some other events throughout the year and meeting roughly every three months as a group.  We would like to do a JDRF Mentoring Project here, a JDRF Walk for the Cure at the schools and maybe join the large walk in Denver at Elitch Gardens.  We would like to have and are planning a teen meeting / group.  We also are working toward working with Community Hospital and the Mesa State Nursing Program on some other fun future events.  If you are interested in helping with any of these or want to be a part of them please email and let us know.

See you soon!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Our 1st Meeting was a Success!

I am super pleased to share the news that we had 5 wonderful families join us for our first meeting.  Thank you all for showing up and sharing!  I look forward to our next meeting when hopefully we will see more new faces!

We decided that meeting quarterly was what would work best for all the families who attended so our next meeting will be at the end of May before everyone leaves town for summer vacation.  I also talked about needing parent volunteers to help run things and was very pleasantly suprised to find out that almost all of the parents were interested in volunteering at least a few hours a month to get us up and running.  Thank you for the support everyone!

JDRF offers a really neat back pack full of goodies for type 1's and most of you did not know that so I am telling you now if you have not recieved a 'Bag of Hope' from them please contact JDRF in Denver and get one!  Who doesn't like shwag?!  The bag is full of information and has a suprise for you type 1 kids and it even has an insulated pocket for your insulin suplies.

Mentoring seems to be a big hit and we want to encourage that so we will be working to get those who would like to have a mentor set up as soon as possible.  JDRF offers a great program for mentoring and we will be utilizing it as much as possible.  If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee please let us know with an email.  Along side this we think it would be great to get some type 1 teens and young adults who would be interested Red Cross certified to baby sit and share the list with all type 1 parents because it's always nice to have someone you can feel comfortable with watching  your child and what young person would not want to make a little extra money?

Finally, I just want to say thank you for keeping an eye on the blog and if you would like to comment or email please do so. If you were not able to make this meeting we will have other meetings and events and we look forward to meeting you.

Have a great day!
Summer Turner & Family
Creators of Diabetes Counts Network Group
Inspired by JDRF and Caid Turner

Friday, February 11, 2011

JDRF Fundraiser @ Smashburger

Thank you for attending and supporting us at:
Smashburger / JDRF Fundraiser
March 1st All Day!

Please eat and encourage your friends and family to eat at Smashburger any time on March 1st.  There are two locations in the area:  1st Street and Grand and Clifton on 6&50 Business Loop.  Both Smashburgers will be donating 25% of all sales on the 1st of March to Juvenille Diabetes Research Fund, let make it a success!

Thankyou for your support!

Diabetes Counts

Diabetes Counts
Please Join Us for our 1st Meeting-Friday March 4th
1st Edition

Hello! Welcome to the Diabetes Counts Blog.  Diabetes Counts is a support group put together by the family of a type 1 diabetic to; help spread information about what type 1 diabetes is in the local community, help get type 1 students from kindergarten to 12 grade together for mentoring and fun and to give parents of type 1 diabetics in the local area as many resources and as much support as possible.

Where are we located? 
Grand Junction, Colorado

When will we meet?
Well, our first meeting will be March 4th, 2011 Friday.

Who will be there?
We invite all type 1 diabetics however, we do focus on kindergarten through 12th grade and their families. 
We have invited local professionals like doctors, nurses, school district nurses, diabetes educators and nutrition specialists to join us!

What is the plan for the meeting? 
To meet and greet and let everyone know what we are about.  We will have food and drink and those who were a part of getting this off the ground will be there to share our vision.

We will also do what we can to partner with other outside resources like JDRF, ADA and the Barbra Davis Center in Denver to let others know we are here and share the word with the local community about type 1 diabetes because as the old saying goes, knowledge is power and with this condition that is especially true.

We look forward to future posts and to seeing you at our next meeting!

Diabetes Counts