A potential life-threatening complication a few years ago led Ahwatukee resident and diabetic Ryan Molyneaux to create Betic One, a resource for individuals struggling with Type 1 diabetes.
“We are a highly motivated group of individuals who have a passion for finding a cure and educating society of the impact of this disease,” Molyneaux said.
Molyneaux developed the vision for Betic One after experiencing a hypo-ketoacidosis episode. While she was on the edge of unconsciousness, Molyneaux’s 2-year-old daughter was able to recognize the signs of the episode and raise her mother’s glucose levels, ultimately saving her life.
After her young daughter’s heroics, Molyneaux began researching whether other families with a Type 1 diabetic trained and educated their families on what to do in an emergency. Molyneaux found that very little diabetics educated their immediate family, and she then decided that not only do diabetics need to be knowledgeable about the disease, but it is also important to educate one’s family and the public.
“We believe that education is key in the prevention and maintenance of diabetes mellitus. Equip the next generation with the tools and knowledge and not only will they live healthier lives, but we can put an end to this epidemic,” Molyneaux said.
Started in 2012, Betic One seeks to educate the community by giving tools and resources for those interested in learning about the effects of Type 1 diabetes.
The company has already started to accumulate notice from national corporations, and has several educational events scheduled for this coming fall and the beginning of 2015. Betic One is a nonprofit organization and needs volunteers to help keep the company running smoothly.
“Anyone can make a difference, but we can make history in numbers,” Molyneaux said.
Volunteer nurses and medical professionals are needed, as well as volunteer bloggers.
“They don’t have to be an accomplished or published writer to apply,” said Molyneaux, adding that prospective bloggers should email a copy of their work to email@example.com with Volunteer Blogger as the subject line. “They will receive credit for each accepted submission, and a link to their social media outlet will be provided.”
• Kaitlyn Thompson is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.