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Family starts group to help others after son diagnosed with diabetes

From left to right: Kayla, Logan, 7, Maggie, 2, and Seth McBridge pose for a photo at Hannibal La Grange University in Hannibal, Mo., on Friday, Jul. 14, 2017. The family recently started an organization to help children with type 1 diabetes after Logan was diagnosed two years ago. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 17, 2017 9:15 am Updated: Jul. 17, 2017 10:03 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Seth McBride vividly remembers Nov. 23, 2015.

That day, his son, Logan, now 7, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The doctor's explanation that there was no cure echoed in his head, and McBride's wife, Kayla, cried beside him upon hearing the news.

The couple left the doctor's office at Hannibal Clinic and immediately drove with Logan and their daughter, Maggie, to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis so that Logan could be seen by a doctor who specializes in type 1 diabetes.

"I remember stopping at a gas station because Logan had to use the restroom," McBride said. "I thought to myself, 'My God, my son will never be able to eat anything in this store ever again.'"

Later that day after talking with doctors, he found out that wasn't true, and after staying at Cardinal Glennon for three days, the family began the two-hour journey back to Hannibal.

The McBrides have always prioritized giving back to others, and while in the car, Kayla suggested they hold a "fun run" to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

That initial idea of wanting to help others affected by type 1 diabetes has led to the McBrides starting their own organization to help others in the Northeast Missouri community.

The Blue Wolverine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, publicly launched July 9. All donations made to the foundation will assist families in Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Scotland and Shelby counties who have children under the age of 17 diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The Blue Wolverine Foundation will assist families by providing them with gas and food gift cards and giving the child an activity book for when the family travels out of Northeast Missouri for doctor appointments related to type 1 diabetes.

"Every three months, you need to go to a doctor for check-ups, and the closest doctors for those are in St. Louis and Columbia (Mo.)," McBride said. "Sometimes you need to go in-between those three months if you have a diabetes-related issue. Those expenses add up."

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has provided the family with information on how many youth in Northeast Missouri have type 1 diabetes. Its records indicate 15 children, but the McBrides suspect there might be many more children in the area who did not sign up with the foundation at the time of their diabetes diagnosis.

When it came to selecting a name for the foundation, the McBrides were inspired by the strength of their son.

"Blue is the color for National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, and I'm kind of a superhero fan," McBride said. "Logan has been so strong the past two years - he is the strongest person I know. I was inspired by the Wolverine when coming up with the name. And I got that past my wife, so that was good."

The Blue Wolverine Foundation will distribute informative materials about type 1 diabetes in the local school systems and provide health care facilities with informational packets about the foundation. Within the packets will be an application to be considered for assistance.

It is also planning events to be held throughout the year, such as a fun run in Palmyra, so that children with type 1 diabetes and their families can socialize together.

Blue Wolverine Foundation was registered as a non-for-profit in 2016, and in March, it was recognized as a 501 C (3) tax-exempt organization. The McBrides told close family and friends during Logan's birthday party July 6 that Blue Wolverine would soon be able to start helping people.

"Since launching, people have been so supportive. That means a lot. It's not an option for us to not help out in the community," McBride said. "Blue Wolverine Foundation will be a place of communication for families of juveniles with type 1 diabetes and allow people to be part of a community within Northeast Missouri that understands the day-to-day activities that come along with type 1 diabetes."

If anyone would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Blue Wolverine Foundation, call 573-795-0331, email bluewolverinefoundation@gmail.com, or visit facebook.com/bluewolverinefoundation/.

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