Kinston Host Lions Club

Kinston Host Lions is very busy these days. This is the week of our 1st Annual “STRIDES” event. By the time you read this, the event will be over and hopefully, we will have met and exceeded our two goals: (1) To raise awareness in our community of diabetes and the effects it has on a person’s daily life (2) To raise $10,000. All money raised will be used 50/50 to fund scholarships for Type 1 Diabetes Patients (children) attending Camp Needles in the Pines – a camp to help young diabetes patients take control of diabetes and learn how to check their own blood glucose levels, determine the amount of insulin they need and be able to see and feel the signs of danger in their bodies. Another great asset the camp offers is daily fellowship with other children living with the disease. The other 50% will help local diabetes patients get supplies they can’t otherwise afford. There will be an application process for the disbursement of these funds. To date, we have raised over $8,000 for the event. We want to thank everyone who has helped us in planning the event, especially our “STRIDES” Committee. As chairman of the committee, I can say I’ve never worked with a better group of people. Whatever I’ve asked them to do, they’ve done with a smile on their faces and we are truly blessed to have them working with us. UNC Lenoir Health Care- Kinston, Woodmen Community Center and Lions Industries for the Blind have partnered with Kinston Host to put on this event and we thank them for all their hard work, contributions and help with our committee.

A picture is attached my two great nieces, Avery Taylor (14) and Madison Carlyle (8) and me (60). We are people living with Type 1 Diabetes. The difference in you and us is you have your pancreas in your body working. We have to wear a device on the outside of our bodies to be “Insulin Powered”. We are waiting to go on WITN Channel 7 to promote the “STRIDES” Rockin’ Walk-A-Thon. Thank you to these two girls for being the faces of our event. You are both my heroes and make me proud each and every day as you struggle with this disease with so much grace, character and maturity.

Three of our members attended the seminar led by New Club Consultant, Lion Butch on March 19th at Woodmen Community Center. It was very informative with needed information and some fun ways to get membership on it’s way to new heights.

Kinston Host has the following upcoming events:

April 8th Broom Sale Kinston Farmers Market 8AM-12Noon

August 17th Reverse Drawing King’s BBQ Restaurant 7PM until