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A WPMQ SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
Brandon Broady Tackles Type 1 Diabetes
By Lizzie Hill and Sara Abell
Brandon Broady, a sophomore student athlete at Charlestown High School, manages school, three sports, and Type 1 diabetes (T1D). It isn’t every day that a student is dedicated to three sports and equally plays them well. It’s even more rare to find a student who does this and manages an autoimmune disease that could greatly impact his health.
Brandon was diagnosed with T1D in 2017. He first noticed his symptoms when his appetite changed and he began to drink excessive amounts of water. When he first learned of his diagnosis, he was curious because he didn’t really know anything about the disease. Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition in which the pancreas creates little to no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to allow sugar to enter cells in order to produce energy. This affects blood sugar levels and can cause hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, which are both an influx in blood sugar levels. Both of these effects can have a devastating impact on one’s body and if blood sugar levels aren’t controlled this can lead to other illnesses, including death. Blood sugar levels have a direct impact on strength, speed, stamina, and flexibility. It is important that athletes with diabetes keep a close eye on their health to reach optimal performance.
Brandon has had his hands on a baseball since the age of 3, picked up basketball in 3rd grade, and rounded out his sports with tennis in 6th grade. Playing sports is an important part of Brandon’s life and he won’t let any diagnosis stop him from accomplishing his goals. Type 1 diabetes can have a wide range of effects on one’s performance during various sports so Brandon makes sure to keep a close eye on managing his condition in order to continue physical activities. When active in sports, Brandon tries to balance his blood sugar levels as best as he can in order to reach peak performance with an app on his phone and by human nature. He can easily tell if his blood sugar levels are off because he begins to feel tired, which would be an obvious negative effect to a three-sport athlete like Brandon. His go-to snacks to help his blood sugar levels are peanut butter crackers and Gatorade. He says it’s not scary because he has gotten used to it and it’s just a normal part of his life that he has learned to manage.
With the diabetes have come some opportunities for Brandon. He serves as a youth ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF has led the search for a cure for T1D since its founding in 1970. And just this week he got to listen to a speech by the Big 10 Baseball Coach of the Year, Jeff Mercer, from Indiana University Bloomington talk about playing ball and it really made Brandon feel good to hear him say that he is willing to work with and help those with some type of disability or impairment.
Brandon says, “ Type 1 diabetes has inspired me to be more healthy because of the consequences it can have on your body later in life.” Managing Type 1 diabetes and keeping up with sports can be hard, but Brandon has proved it’s achievable. He goes on to tell other athletes to,“Stay strong and keep ahead of the game.”
The Charlestown Pirate Pride Booster Club held annual elections in accordance with its constitution last night, August 13th, 2018 during a quorum in attendance. I am pleased to announce our new team dedicated to the continued operation and growth of Charlestown’s High School’s Booster Club. The results of the election are as follows:
Mrs. Tammy Adams (formerly the Booster Club Secretary) was elected as the new President;
Mr. Chuck Ledbetter (myself-formerly the Booster Club President) was elected as the new Vice President;
Mr. Tony Kaelin (long time community and Pirate Booster) was elected as the new Treasurer;
Ms. Youlanda Carrico (second year student athlete parent and new volleyball parent rep) was elected as the new Secretary;
Mr. Lynn “Bud” McQuillen (former Booster Club Vice President) was elected as the new Publicity Director.
We want to take a moment to thank retiring Treasurer Mr. Jeremy Vincent for his hard work and dependability during his stint on the Pirate Pride Board.
With Pirate Pride……GO BIG BLUE!!!!!
WPMQ, The Pirate Network and CHS student radio and television program, will produce and broadcast Saturday’s (June 9th) 2018 Charlestown High School commencement ceremony live beginning at 10:00 a.m. “We would love for you to attend in person and honor our graduates, but if you cannot, you can view the live ceremony at the link below”, stated program director Melissa Stewart. Use the following internet link to watch and listen Saturday using your computer or mobile device:
If you appreciate the support the Charlestown Pirate Pride Booster Club provides Charlestown High School Pirate Athletics; and enjoy shopping on Amazon.com, you might be interested in the Amazon Smile program. When you shop through AmazonSmile; which is the same Amazon you already know…..same products, same prices, same service; you can also benefit the Pirate Pride Booster Club. Its easy!
Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3230480, look for the “Your Shopping will support Pirate Pride Club and click on START SHOPPING button underneath. Amazon will then automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Charlestown Pirate Pride Booster Club. You can sign in to your regular Amazon.com account just like you do at smile.amazon.com.
For even more details, visit http://smile.amazon.com/ and read about the details. Pirate Nation appreciates Amazon, as Amazon appreciates worthy non-profit organizational causes!
Due to the BIG MSC home Lady Pirate Softball game Monday, the Pirate Pride Business Meeting Scheduled for Monday, May 11th has been moved to Tuesday, May 12th with a 6:30 pm start in the CHS Media Center. Business conflicts should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org for resolution.