Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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 aternus@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8051.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
Second Mellon grant supports Mondavi events

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Are arachnids awesome or awful? Visit Bohart Museum to find out

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Police arrest suspect in robbery spree

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Madhavi Sunder joins Davis school board race

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A2

 
Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Kaiser awards grants to Yolo nonprofits

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
NAMI program offers mental illness information, support

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Backpacks for Kids launches annual donation drive

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Architecture in Davis, on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Speaker will spin some fishing tales at Davis meeting

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

Kids can paint their own Breyer horses at Davis store

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Grandparents support group meets weekly

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Exchange program seeks host families

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Wine-tastings will benefit YCCC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Pedro party will benefit Yolo Hospice

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Car lovers will speak Sunday at gallery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Racial diversity crucial to drug trials, treatments

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A4

 
Enterprise is focus of Davis Roots talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Quaff a beer and watch the bats

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

They’re pickier than she is

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
U.S. is complicit in attack

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

Extinguish extremism for peace

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

 
With profound gratitude

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Someday, there will be peace

By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

Former Davis man at crossroads: biking or artwork?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie golfer headed to men’s U.S. Amateur Championship

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Giants outlast Phillies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
River Cats nip dogs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

A’s fall in extra innings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Blue Jays hitting upends Red Sox

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Albergotti to discuss Armstrong’s doping scandal

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8

.

Features

Field to Fork: Skyelark Ranch, not a lark at all

By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Name droppers: ASUCD hands out awards

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

.

Arts

Tomato Festival makes call for young artists

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Additional casting notice for ‘Hello Dolly’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Hear Los Tres de Winters on Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Picott to play at The Palms Playhouse

By Kate Laddish | From Page: A7

Fairy-tale romance in Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Pinky’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Soar to Neverland with DMTC’s ‘Peter Pan’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Village Homes to host Rita Hosking Trio

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6