American Diabetes Youth Ambassador Working to Raise Diabetes Awareness

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - 12-year-old McKynzie Golden doesn't let Type I Diabetes slow her down.

"It's just the same as everyone else. You just have to watch the carbs and activities. Just watch and monitor yourself," McKynzie Golden said.

"It gets easier but there is balance with food and sugar intake you have to worry about. There's just a constant worry. Even playing outside you wonder what's going to happen if she misses her insulin," Natalie Golden, McKynzie's Mother, said.

McKynzie monitors her blood sugar levels at least eight times a day, and while that may be difficult for a 12-year-old kid to do, Natalie says her daughter does just fine.

"She's not embarrassed to do her insulin in public. If they ask her about it, she'll tell them. She has a lot of strength and courage," Natalie said.

As Youth Ambassador, McKynzie's goal is to raise awarness about the disease and encourage people to join the Annual Step-Out: Walk To Raise Money For A Cure.

"If you just show the love and support, they can do anything other kids can do. They'll get stronger," Natalie said.

McKynzie says finding the strength to fight diabetes every day comes from the support of her family.

"It's a daily struggle, but it doesn't mean you can't live life as a normal kid," McKynzie said.

The 4th Annual Step-Out: Walk To Fight Diabetes is September 19th at Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa. 

If you would like to register early, you can log on to www.diabetes.org/stepup.