Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis teen leads walk for a cure

Josie Campanelli, fifth from left, is joined by a large and enthusiastic team, known as Campanelli Magic, at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes. The team will host a fundraiser Monday evening at Caffé Italia and is collecting pledges for the walk on Sunday, Oct. 6. Courtesy photo

Josie Campanelli, fifth from left, is joined by a large and enthusiastic team, known as Campanelli Magic, at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes. The team will host a fundraiser Monday evening at Caffé Italia and is collecting pledges for the walk on Sunday, Oct. 6. Courtesy photo

By
From page A5 | September 20, 2013 |

A diagnosis of juvenile diabetes is not one anyone would wish for, but it’s one that Davis teen Josie Campanelli has been using as a vehicle for good since she was a young girl.

Campanelli, now a senior at Davis High School, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 2005 when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has endured nearly 18,000 finger pricks and given herself four to five shots every day, and will continue to be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life.

But she’s never let the inconvenience slow her down. An active teen who plays soccer and plans to head off to college next year, Campanelli has served as a role model for kids with diabetes for years.

In 2011, she even received a Golden Heart Award from the city of Davis for her efforts.

Campanelli was nominated for the award by the Meinert family of Davis, who said she had served as a friend and role model to their daughter, Kate, when she was diagnosed in 2010.

“There are people like Josie,” they family said in their nomination, “who will pick you up, they will brush you off, and they will guide you out of the storm.”

And in Campanelli’s case, they’ll also go the extra mile in the quest for a cure.

Every year since her diagnosis, Campanelli and her family – mom Kim, dad Mark and sister Kayla – have participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, always accompanied by a sizable contingent of family and friends.

Last year the team — Campanelli Magic — raised $4,000 for the foundation and this year the goal is at least that. They’ll be walking again in Sacramento on Sunday, Oct. 6.

“It’s a great way to raise awareness about juvenile diabetes,” Campanelli said. “Because it can happen to anyone. We don’t know why I got it, it doesn’t run in my family, so it’s important for people to be aware of it.”

All the funds raised go toward finding a cure, she added.

The team welcomes anyone interested in walking and/or donating to the cause. Do either by visiting http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?px=8605086&pg=personal&fr_id=2415.

The team also will participate in a fundraiser at Caffé Italia, 1121 Richards Blvd., on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a Stella & Dot fall collection fashion show, a photo exhibit with prints for sale and, of course, Italian food.

Caffé Italia will donate a portion of the fundraiser’s dining proceeds to the team. Just be sure to mention “Josie” or the JDRF fundraiser — whether you’re staying for the fundraiser or not.

Learn more about Campanelli and her efforts at https://www.smore.com/hyg1-help-find-a-cure-for-Josie.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051.

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Town hall focuses on Coordinated Care Initiative

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    Schools give parents tools to help kids thrive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Suspected Ebola patient being treated at UCD Med Center

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Two more cases of measles in Northern California in children

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Dartmouth bans hard liquor

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A2

     
    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3Comments are off for this post

    Free tax preparation service begins Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    No bare bottoms, thanks to CommuniCare’s Diaper Drive

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Still time to purchase tickets for DHS Cabaret

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    All voices welcome at sing-along Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Great Chefs Program will feature Mulvaney

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    February science fun set at Explorit

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Take a photo tour of Cuba at Flyway Nights talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    See wigeons, curlews and meadowlarks at city wetlands

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Time for bed … with Grandma

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    A ‘new deal’ for the WPA building

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Protect root zone to save trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Weigh quality of life, density

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Olive expert joins St. James event

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We’re grateful for bingo proceeds

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    UCD has another tough football schedule in 2015

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Gould’s influence felt mightily in recent Super Bowls

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Mustangs hold off UCD women

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD men set new school D-I era win record

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sharks double up Ducks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Watney, Woods start slow at TPC Scottsdale

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Recall that first Aggie TV game, national title?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Artist’s Connection’ launches on DCTV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Song of the Sea’ is an enchanting fable

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Gross’ paintings highlight a slice of Northern California

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    February show at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 is ‘Food for Thought’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, January 30, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: A9