Nathan Schmidt arrives at the Clara Barton center camp in north Oxford Massachusetts
Nathan is wearing his bionic pancreas for the first time. Thank you to everyone that helped Nathan and his family participate in the trials. Check back over the next two weeks for updates on Nathan at camp.
ZCDF Chooses Nathan Schmidt of West Chicago for Bionic Pancreas Trials
ZCDF has chosen, nine year old, Nathan Schmidt of West Chicago to go to Boston for the Bionic Pancreas trials this August. Nathan was diagnosed, at the age of 3, with Type 1 diabetes. He can’t remember life without needles and finger sticks. However, he will get a chance to live diabetes free for 2 weeks this summer. Help us give Nathan the chance of a lifetime!
Like most kids he likes video games, basketball, baseball and he loves to take part in kid’s run and 5k run/walks. He attends Gary School in West Chicago and is an A student! Nathan lives with his older brother Ryan, his mom and dad West Chicago, Illinois.
ZCDF was given an opportunity to send a child from the Chicago area later in the summer. Nathan is a volunteer for the ZCDF and recently helped out at the Just For The Health of It 5k . He asked Mary Agnes Zellmer directly, “can I go to Boston?” Mary Agnes said, “he didn’t know it at the time, but he had already been chosen.”
The cost of the trial will be covered, but since the family is from out of state, a parent must be nearby in case Nathan gets a little home sick. The travel expenses for the family are $4,700 Please help us send this family to Boston! All donated money goes directly to the travel fund. ZCDF does not take any of these funds. 100% of any additional funds will be given to Boston University for the trials.
About the Foundation
In 2014 the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation will change it’s name to the Zellmer Wellness Foundation. This name change reflects the positive commitment of the family and it’s Board of Directors and Advisors, and the passion to help individuals, living with chronic illness, live full lives both physically and mentally.
What started as a small family operation selling pumpkins from our family farm in Iowa has become a national foundation. Over the past ten years the family has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund research, education and programs throughout Chicago.
Our Mental Health Initiative
The Living Room
The Zellmer Wellness Foundation provides the Living Room models for established agencies for the purpose of evaluating individuals in crisis. The Living Room offers an alternative to costly emergency department (ED) presentations for psychiatric assessment/intervention for those experiencing stressful and anxiety provoking situations and/or suicidal ideation. Read more …
Our Diabetes Initiative
The Bionic Pancreas – Using mathematics to treat diabetes, five minutes at a time.
The Zellmer Wellness Foundation is supporting the work of Edward Damiano, Ph.D., from Boston University. He is working to make automated blood glucose control a reality. Read more …
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