Paula Hemara

Paula Hemara received a grant of $3,960 to purchase diabetic sensors to monitor his blood glucose levels. At the age of four, Kobe was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which brought on many challenges for him, including the fear of finger pricking. Kobe has come a long way since his diagnosis due to his parents’ determination to find ways to reduce his pain and support him on his journey. The sensors are inserted into Kobe’s arms every 10 days and set up on an app that shows continuous monitoring of his blood glucose levels, eliminating the need for finger pricks. The sensors alert when the blood glucose level is low or high, both of which can be life-threatening to Kobe. The sensors will provide better awareness to help manage Kobe’s diabetes more closely, allowing him to participate in more activities and be independent while at school.