Chloe Braxton’s parents say she has a personality that is drawn to people.
“She’s just one of the happiest kids that I’ve ever been around – high energy, very social, loves friends and family, loves play dates,” Chloe’s father Jay Braxton said.
Around November 2015, Braxton and his wife could tell that Chloe wasn’t herself.
“She was tired. She was complaining of thirst. She wasn’t eating like she normally was,” he said.
“I guess it’s kind of mother’s intuition, I just knew something was wrong,” Chloe’s mother Jamie Braxton said.
Last Christmas Eve, the Braxton family received that confirmation, spending much of the holiday in the hospital.
Chloe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
For the last nine months, the Braxton family has learned to adjust.
“She has blood sugar checks up to six times a day, insulin sometimes up to six times a day,” Jay Braxton said.
The adjustment has also included helping Chloe understand what it means to live with type 1 diabetes.
She knows how to check her blood sugar.
She also has an American Girl doll that has a diabetes kit.
“In her kit she has a little meter, she has insulin and she has a pump,” Chloe said.
Chloe and the rest of the family are looking forward to this weekend’s JDRF walk because of what research could mean for her future and other kids like her.
The JDRF One Walk is a key event to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.
Chloe’s team – “Chloe’s Lucky Charms” – has raised more than $8,000.
“We’re praying that one day there’s a cure,” Jamie Braxton said.
The JDRF One Walk in Greensboro is Saturday Oct. 8 at New Bridge Bank Park.
Check-in is at 8 a.m.
The race starts at 9 a.m.