Corporate responsibility is ingrained throughout the culture at American Moving and Installation Inc. We seek to make a difference in our community with in-kind donations and participate in various charitable events. One organization that is near and dear to the heart of CEO/Founder, Kathleen Rowell, is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) because her oldest daughter, Kelsey, lives with type 1 diabetes. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we would like to take the opportunity to not only share more information about diabetes, but also are partnering with JDRF to raise funds for this disease which has no cure.
Kelsey Kelley is 1 of 1.6 million Americans who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease with no known cause that is often diagnosed early in life. Like others with T1D, her body is unable to produce insulin and she is dependent on daily insulin injections to live. Kelsey was diagnosed just after her 4th birthday right before Halloween. Fast forward 23 years, Kelsey is now 27 and has experienced many of the highs and lows of living with diabetes. “Being a diabetic is a challenge,” she explains, “that effects not just me, but everyone around me.”
Kelsey does not let T1D stand in her way. In fact, she is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Boston Children’s Hospital, a full-time nursing student and also a member of Teamsters Local 25 as a listed union mover for American Moving and Installation Inc. working on projects like Encore Boston Harbor, Bose and Suffolk University. Kelsey is one of just a handful of women working as a commercial mover and is respected by her fellow crew members for her work ethic and can-do attitude. Although Kelsey is quick to share that she doesn’t want to be seen differently or treated differently at work for having diabetes, along the way, co-workers have learned more about the disease while working beside her and have become part of her unofficial T1D support team.
Now, in her final semester of nursing school, this self-described hands-on, people person has her sights set on being a pediatric nurse. “Because of all my experiences living with type 1 diabetes through my childhood, I find that I am able to connect with my patients on a level that not many others can reach. It’s an incredible feeling when I can help my patient and their families. It’s just one small way I can help give back.” The ability to connect with not only the patients, but also the parents, may very well be Kelsey’s super-power as a nurse.
While there is not yet a cure for this disease, there have been many advancements made to help lessen the burden of the day-to-day tasks diabetes requires. As Kelsey explains, “You don’t get a break from diabetes. It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We don’t get holidays, time off or vacations. But it is doable, especially with the love and support from everyone around me. It has shaped who I am today, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
In honor of the 23 years that Kelsey Kelley has been a T1D warrior, we are hoping to raise $2,300 for JDRF, a worldwide organization funding research for type 1 diabetes. American Moving and Installation Inc. will match all donations made to the donation link during the month of November. CEO/Founder, Kathleen Rowell, shared, “This organization holds a special place in my heart. Kelsey is not just an employee; she is my daughter. I would love for this to be a huge success!”
To make a tax-deductible donation, please click here: #KelseyT1D23