| DYS Leadership Retreat 2017 |

A couple weeks ago I was honored to be able to capture the DYS Leadership Retreat!  Each year the event features a guest speaker to help motivate and encourage the teens.  The Leadership program is committed to helping give all young T1D’s the tools needed to embrace their opportunities and differences, while working together towards better health, knowledge, friendships, and leadership!  This year’s guest speaker was the one and only Chris Ruden!  Chris is a powerlifter, entrepreneur, model, and motivational speaker — and a T1D!  It was absolutely amazing to meet this young man and watch him engage, capture, and work one on one with these teens.  Not only did he speak with them, he cooked with them!  If you ever get the opportunity to listen to Chris, do it, he will inspire you with his honesty, kindness, inspirational words, and overall genuine compassion for helping others!  Thank you Chris for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with DYS!

To learn more about Chris, visit his website here!

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| DYS Leadership 2017 Hoodies |

This year the Diabetes Youth Services Leadership Retreat kicked off their camp season like true super heroes!  The DYS Leadership Program is firmly committed to helping give all young T1D’s the tools needed to embrace their opportunities and differences, while working together towards better health, knowledge, friendships, and leadership!  Leadership Retreat is for their upcoming camp counselors to get excited, learn to work together, and prepare for the upcoming year’s three camps, Big, Middle, & Little Shots!  For the theme this year, the teens have chosen super heroes and were excited to create a design that could encompass what T1D camp counselors do for their campers!  Deep purple hoodies with lime green and white ink made their design pop.  A special thanks goes out to this year’s sponsors, The Farmers & Merchants State Bank and Renegade Fitness for helping to put on an amazing retreat for some outstanding teens leaders

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