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Local girl tapped for diabetes event | News | The Press and Standard

by | May 20, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm

By JULIE HOFF

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Cameron Shephard has Type 1 juvenile diabetes, but it doesn’t have her.

She tackles the disease with matter-of-fact confidence, and has since she was diagnosed at age 7.

Cameron, now 13, is the daughter of David and Lisa Shephard of Givhans. Lisa is a nurse at Colleton Medical Center.

“There’s no family medical history [of diabetes] whatsoever, as far back as we know,” Lisa said. Cameron has two older brothers, Kaleb and Blake, neither of whom has diabetes.

Cameron, who attends Gregg Middle School in Summerville, doesn’t let the disease slow her down. She’s maintained a place on the honor roll while taking advanced classes in elementary and middle school. She’s in the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) program and a member of the Junior Beta Club. She plays tennis at Gregg, “and I like to play outside with my brother Blake — basketball or football,” she said.

In the six years since her diagnosis, Cameron has had more than 15,000 needle injections and eight hypoglycemic seizures, Lisa said.

Counting carbs and testing her blood sugar several times a day is just a fact of life, and she doesn’t complain.

“She does great with it. She never lets it get her down,” Lisa said

“I don’t really remember before [the diagnosis],” Cameron said. “It’s just my life.”

Lisa became an advocate for diabetes research and education. She and Cameron met with Congressmen James E. Clyburn and Mark Sanford and participated in a 100-mile fundraising bike ride to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition, Cameron has organized a JDRF Walk Team for five years.

Now Cameron has been selected to represent…

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