Yamhill sixth-grader Kaylee Williams was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes last month. As she and her family raise the money to get her a diabetic alert dog, Kaylee is adapting to her disease and getting back into the routine of school and being a normal kid.
Kaylee Williams keeps this small, flower-print backpack, pictured Wednesday, May 31, at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School in Yamhill, close to her at all times. It contains her blood glucose meter and other testing supplies, her insulin auto-injector and a supply of high-sugar snacks like fruit juice and candy.
Kaylee Williams, prepares to test her blood sugar as her teacher, Michael Buehler, makes an entry in her notes Wednesday, May 31, at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School in Yamhill. Y-C sixth graders received an ice cream treat as a reward for their collective good behavior at Outdoor School; Williams, who was unable to attend Outdoor School, needed to take insulin before joining her classmates in their reward.
Kaylee Williams, right, and classmate Ashley Dickens examine Williams' medic alert bracelet during recess Wednesday, May 31, at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School in Yamhill. In late April, Williams was rushed to a hospital when she was physically unable to climb the stairs in her grandparents' home - tests later confirmed the diagnosis of Type One Diabetes.
Kaylee Williams, left, and her mom, Kelly Williams, prepare the next day's lunch for Kaylee shortly after school on Wednesday, May 31, at their home north of Yamhill. Kaylee's food intake must be tightly monitored and matched to her insulin dosing to ensure he blood sugar remains stable.
Kelly Williams, right, pricks the finger of her daughter, Kaylee Williams, for a blood glucose test Wednesday, May 31, at the family's home north of Yamhill. Kaylee must test her blood sugar between five and 10 times a day.
To donate to the Williams family's fundraising efforts, visit https://www.youcaring.com/kayleewilliams-827545.