Kathleen Lawson, far right, was making knit dolls for another cause when her daughter, Sarah O’Hara (standing), suggested also giving them to children with diabetes. Lawson’s friends Geraldine Smith (seated, left) and Norma Harris (center) help make the dolls.
It fits in the palm of a child’s hand. It’s made of yarn. And it brings hope to children newly diagnosed with diabetes. It’s a knit doll, and it’s given free of charge to children at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Helwig Health and Diabetes Center.
The inspiration for the dolls came from Kathleen Lawson, the mother of Sodexo registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Sarah O’Hara, who works at Helwig.
“Mom was making this cute doll one day and explained it was for a foster child,” O’Hara says. “I thought it would be perfect for the children at Helwig too.”
Graduates of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Community Health and Wellness Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Program received their diplomas Friday during a ceremony at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. Participants learned about type 2 diabetes and its potential complications, as well as nutrition, medications, goal setting and communication. Read More
In case you missed the Lehigh Valley PBS 39’s one-hour special on diabetes, you can go to their website and view it online. Lehigh Valley Health Network endocrinologist Bob McCauley, MD, participated in a panel with host Amy Burkett. Camp Red Jacket, the health network’s free, three-day camp for children with Type 1 diabetes also was featured in the program along with a diabetes friendly cooking demonstration by our Sodexo partners, executive chef James Lambert and clinical dietitian Sara O’Hara.
For the 17th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital ranks as one of the nation’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. The 2012-13 list recognizes us among the nation’s leading hospitals in three categories: gastroenterology (#29), orthopedics (#40) and pulmonology (#50). We’ve made the list in at least one specialty area every year since 1996, with a grand total of 37 specialty categories. Read More
Forty-six children ages 6-12 with Type 1 diabetes recently participated in Camp Red Jacket. The free, three-day program, which teaches children with Type 1 diabetes, has been held for 12 years. The campers learn how to care for themselves and how to better manage their diabetes. This was the second year the camp was held at Camp Fowler in Orefield, Pa., which offers the children and counselors a more immersive camp experience. This year, the campers met Marty Nothstein, an Olympic gold and silver medalist, three-time world champion track cyclist and currently the Valley Preferred Cycling Center executive director. He gave a keynote presentation to the campers—and even let them see his Olympic gold medal.