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Monday, November 8
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LOS ANGELES- Move over Spice Girls, The Pump Girls are here rocketing to stardom! California's hottest new music sensation, The Pump Girls released their debut album and kicked off their "WHIRL TOUR" last March. From Peter Jennings' Show, to an appearance in San Diego for the American Diabetes Association Convention, and New York performing at the Meadowland State Fair for Radio Disney.

Diabetes brought these four girls, aged 12-15 together because of their insulin pumps. They even sing about it in their new CD. The girl rocksters all have juvenile Diabetes and all wear insulin pumps that eliminate the need for daily shots. Insulin Pumps made national headlines when the 1999 Miss America, Nicole Johnson, actually showed hers during the pageant.

For Sarah, Colleen, Brittany and Janelle, the last few years haven't been easy. Living with juvenile Diabetes in Southern California, the teens coped with daily insulin injections, constant monitoring and the concern of living with a chronic condition. But that was before February 1998 when the girls began to sing together at a camp for kids with diabetes sponsored by PADRE, the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation, located at CHOC in Orange, California.

What started as fun grew into philanthropy? The Pump Girls decided they wanted much more than to make music. They approached music producer and songwriter, H.M. Barnum, of the Little Star Record label, because they also wanted to make a difference. Barnum, who worked with such artists as Puff Daddy, Aretha Franklin and Barry White, decided to produce their first CD.

"I heard The Pump Girls singing their original song and that was enough for me," Barnum says. "Kids with diabetes don't have to be overcome by their disease. They can learn to manage it," said H.B. Barnum. "What we've done is give these girls their childhood back. That's a major gift. Now we're ready to sing the message to the world."

These girls want to serve as positive teen role models for other kids passing through the turbulent time associated with adolescence. In their tracks, The Pump Girls encourage other teens with diabetes to adopt a more positive outlook on life, motivating them to take charge of the condition and learn to manage it.

A portion of the proceeds from The Pump Girls CD sales will go to a special fund which assists children around the world in need of insulin pump therapy. To receive more information on The Pump Girls, please visit

  John Ratzenberger with the Pump Girls
John Ratzenbeger, Chairman of Children with Diabetes, with the Pump Girls. Click to see a larger image.

Chat with the Pump Girls
Monday, November 8, 1999
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