This post is one of a series of seven blog posts that go behind the scenes on our recent short film Insulin for Life. Watch the film below and check back on our blog for more stories about the people in the documentary.
Deandre Dawson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4. He is now 15 and living outside of Belize City, Belize with his family. He has had his fair share of difficulties with his condition – being hospitalized numerous times with complications from his disease. Deandre is now doing well and credits much of his current health to the Belize Diabetes Association (BDA) where he receives all of his diabetes supplies each month, free of cost as well as education through their monthly programming.
“It is very difficult to be parent of diabetic, it definitely takes a lot out of you emotionally,” Deandre’s father, William Dawson, told our crew. “No parent wants to see their child in that condition. At one time, he was in a coma and it was very emotional for me. He’s my only son and I’m not comfortable when he is sick.”
Though Deandre’s family is able to manage their day-to-day finances, the cost of his supplies would be unmanageable without the Belize Diabetes Association’s help. Supplies can be prohibitively expensive in Belize for people living with diabetes and people are often denied health insurance coverage even when they can afford the cost of monthly premiums.
Insulin for Life USA supplies the Belize Diabetes Association with regular shipments of diabetes supplies that they then distribute free of cost to their members, like Deandre and Nyla Burgess – another person in our film.
Mr. Dawson spoke to us about the incredible support their family receives from the association. In an effort to give back for what his son has received, he joined the volunteer staff as a public relations officer. He now helps the association with awareness campaigns in Belize where people often are uneducated about type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
“Once Deandre became a member, I wanted to be a part of what the association does to help,” Mr. Dawson told our crew. “Once I joined, I saw the work they are doing and I wanted to be a part of the campaign to build awareness.”
Watch the film to learn more about Deandre’s story.
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