Yukon Quest - 1000 Miles for Keegan

A personal campaign sponsored by Michelle Phillips

February 6, 2016

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My husband and I are long distance professional mushers. We run a kennel of 60 sled dogs. This winter Ed will run the guelling 1000 mile Yukon Quest (his 8th).

Our son Keegan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October 2013. We have been amazed at how many children have this disease and how unaware we were of the many challenges this disease presents.

In the fall of 2013 we noticed our son Keegan had lost weight. In October he came down with what we thought was the flu. My brother a doctor came to check on Keegan and found him unresponsive lying on the floor. He called an ambulance and Keegan was rushed to Whitehorse General Hospital.

My brother called us immediately and told us Keegan was in very rough shape. His blood sugar was 80 mmol/L while a normal count is 4-7 mmol/L. His body was in ketoacidosis and he was very very sick. Luckily there was an endocrinologist visiting from BC kids hospital who was very up to date on protocol to bring his blood sugar down to a normal range. Keegan was rushed in for a CAT scan and a medivac was set up to take him to BC kid’s hospital.

In the middle of the night we flew in a small plane down to BC kids. I spent the night wondering how I missed this and feeling so worried about my boy. At the emergency department in BC kids I spoke of my worries to a nurse and she told me that 4-5 kids a week come in with the same symptoms and in the same state as Keegan. I wondered how I could not know about this terrible disease. I had heard a lot about Type Two diabetes but not a lot about Type One.

Keegan was stabilized and we came to learn all about Type One Diabetes. Keegan takes four injections of insulin a day and needs to check his blood sugar 4-6 times a day.

Please support Ed in his 10 day trek and help us raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

All donors to this campaign will receive a complimentary TLK do tag!




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