Winneshiek Medical Center issued the following announcement on Feb. 21.
For the second year, Marissa Foels (19) and Morgan Moen (12) have given of their time and talents to support others.
Blooms for Diabetes Education began in 2016. The girls, who both have type 1 diabetes, approached the WMC Foundation with a plan to raise money so other youth with diabetes could go to Camp Hertko Hollow, an Iowa camp for kids with diabetes. “Marissa's family owns The County Garden Flowers and Gifts in Decorah, and they created a flower-a-month punch card program as a fund-raiser through the shop,” says Jean Irvin, RN, certified diabetes educator at Winneshiek Medical Center.
Morgan says, “Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is a genetic issue and not a consequence of poor choices. Once diagnosed, diabetes is a lifelong, daily commitment.” She adds, “The number of people diagnosed with diabetes each year increases. Camp Herkto Hollow sponsorship is so critical to children. It gives a chance for newly diagnosed children to find a support structure outside of his/her own home. These friendships are valuable to coping all throughout the year.”
The first year of the program was an overwhelming success, raising over $1000 in just a few weeks. Through the WMC Foundation, the dollars were gifted to youth to cover the tuition for Camp Hertko Hollow. “Marissa and Morgan's vision and dedication to Blooms for Diabetes make a positive impact on the lives of other local youth as they face challenges with their own disease. We were thrilled when the girls approached us again this year,” says Holly Kanengieter, WMC Foundation Coordinator.
The program proved as successful the second year. With the conclusion of the 2017 Blooms for Diabetes Education campaign, the girls presented another $1035 to the WMC Foundation.
“Even in their busy lives, Marissa and Morgan still show deep compassion for others” says Irvin. “Both girls are inspiring and wanted to help raise dollars to support camperships.”
For more information on diabetes care at Winneshiek Medical Center, call 563-387-3156. To partner with the WMC Foundation, call 563-387-3129
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