I share much with you all and today is purely GREAT news.
I am so happy to announce that our son, TJ, became engaged yesterday to Joelle Wilk, who also lives on Long Island.
It was a completely traditional ‘ask’ as they say. TJ came to us over the weekend, we cried with happiness; he then went and talked with Joelle’s dad, asking for his blessings (which he got), and he did the whole down-on-one-knee ‘thing’ on Thanksgiving Day.
Joelle is a great woman. She is strong, sensitive, smart, and she too serves our community as an EMT CC responder (volunteer) and she works in a local hospital as a Oneirologist (that is in the Sleep Apnea field). She is just perfect for TJ and we all wish them years and years of happiness.
A fall wedding is planned and Joelle has already asked Kaitlyn to be in her wedding party and TJ has asked Rob to be his best man.
I wanted to share this great news with all of you. Yesterday was a REAL GOOD day in the Karlya household.
I am a diabetesdad.
They are just like you and me. Many are parents to children with diabetes; many have diabetes; many know someone with diabetes.
They give countless hours of their time offering advice and ‘running the show’ in every corner of the United States.
They volunteer their time. They attend meetings, they reach out to the community for help, they write checks, they organize events, they serve as steering committees, they enlist the help of their financially-able friends; they enlist the help of others who can advocate; they make sure everything runs as it should run and they do it on their own time.
They are all those who serve on Board of Directors for diabetes organziations both nationally and locally. If you are active in a non-profit organization whether it be for research, treatement, camps, scholarships, overseas relief, hospitals, and any other field of diabetes nonprofit work you can think of….know this: There is a Board of Directors involved as well who do so much more than any one particular event.
Send them a copy of this link and tell them ‘Thank You’ because everything you work on so diligently started on a piece of paper someplace and the Board of Directors probably approved of it long before it became something you supported as a reality.
So take a bow all of you members of the Board across the country, you are Diabetesdad’s T.G.I.F….and thank you.