Carb DM would not be the community that it is without the support of our volunteers. Many of our events require a lot of manpower; fortunately, there are many in the community who are willing and able to help. Our volunteers put in hours of effort to plan, set up, and run our events. We have started a Meet Our Volunteers blog post series to introduce readers to our volunteers. It’s our small way of recognizing them and showing our appreciation! This month’s featured volunteers are Divya Gopisetty and Sarah Loebner, leaders of Carb DM’s Dia-Buddies youth program.
Overcoming challenges is a lot easier when you have the support of friends or mentors. That’s why there are career mentorships, big brother and big sister programs, AA sponsors, running buddies, and workout buddies. So why not Dia-Buddies? That’s the idea behind Dia-Buddies, Carb DM’s youth mentoring program. Dia-Buddies brings together experienced T1D teens with newly diagnosed children, tweens, and teens in fun social settings. At each Dia-Buddies event, mentors organize and run a variety of activities, serving as role models for the mentees.
Running the show are Divya Gopisetty and Sarah Loebner. As Dia-Buddies leaders, they wear many hats: planners, organizers, facilitators, teachers, and cheerleaders, all rolled into one. Thanks to their enthusiasm and energy, teens and tweens with T1D can enjoy a fun day out and form connections that last a lifetime.
Sarah was diagnosed with T1D in 2002 at the age of 9. She is a clinical research coordinator who plans to become a physician’s assistant and certified diabetes educator. Sarah was a volunteer with a1 teens, Carb DM’s youth program prior to Dia-Buddies. She and her mother Pam have also been speakers at Carb DM’s Mother-Daughter Weekend. Divya is a senior at Stanford University who plans to apply for medical school and pursue a career in endocrinology. Her younger sister Nikhita (now a high school junior) was diagnosed with T1D ten years ago. Both Sarah and Divya volunteer with a number of diabetes organizations including JDRF, DiaTribe, and Children with Diabetes.
Divya’s and Sarah’s leadership have not gone unnoticed. We were delighted to learn that both Divya and Sarah have won a student scholarship to the 7th annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit! The Innovation Summit brings together key voices in the diabetes world to generate a conversation around ways to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Divya, Sarah and 10 other Patient Voices Scholars will be attending the prestigious, invite-only conference on November 17. DiabetesMine recently interviewed Divya and Sarah on Healthline.com: click here to read more about these two amazing DiabetesMine Scholars! Great job, Divya and Sarah! We are so proud of your accomplishments, and grateful for the support you give to Carb DM. We are confident that you will represent the Carb DM youth community at the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit.