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Southern California's Pop Music Sweethearts, The Pump Girls, to Donate One Year's Worth of Medical Supplies to Needy Orlando Family
Donation, Diabetes Rally and Pop Music Performance on October 30 Aim to Persuade Politicians of Dire Need for Health Care Reform
ORLANDO - October 23, 2000 - The Pump Girls, LA's hippest teen music sensation, will be donating one year's worth of much needed diabetes supplies to a local family falling through the cracks of Florida's health care system. The donation, to take place at an event at the Orlando Regional Diabetes Center on Monday, October 30 at 11 am, will include an address by state representative Allen Trovillion on the need for more state support for Florida's poorest families suffering from type 1 diabetes, a performance by The Pump Girls, and a diabetes rally led by the international online community "ChildrenWithDiabetes.com" to increase public awareness of the possible devastating effects of this disease.
"It disturbs me greatly to know that there are people in this state whose health is seriously compromised by flaws in our health care system," explains Rep. Trovillion. "I am thrilled to be involved with raising public and political support for the need to provide more help for low income families struggling with juvenile diabetes."
The Pump Girls, a pop music group made up of three girls, age 12 to 13, each have juvenile (type 1) diabetes. All the girls wear insulin pumps to help control their disease. One of the missions of the group, besides producing fun music and an encouraging message, is to raise public awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and to exert influence on government to help provide more support to those struggling with diabetes. The Pump Girls released their first CD in April 1999 and currently travel around the country performing at Children's Hospitals, schools, Radio Disney concerts and various other events. One of their goals is to raise money, through the sale of their CDs, for the purchase of insulin pumps, a life enhancing medical device for the treatment of diabetes, for kids who need the pumps but cannot afford them.
The family to whom The Pump Girls will be donating the medical supplies are Orlando residents who have encountered extreme hardship as a result of the disease. Teri Mazziotti and her 12 year old son Matt both live with type 1, or juvenile diabetes. Teri, now 34, had one of her legs amputated last year because of the disease and is in danger of losing the other. Since she is no longer able to work, Ms. Mazziotti lost her employee health benefits and currently relies on government assistance. Unable to support themselves and cover the enormous costs of managing the disease, Teri is being forced to sell her house and move in with family members. And yet still, there is not enough money each month to pay for the supplies crucial for satisfactory management of their diabetes. Having exhausted every avenue of state and local support, and without enough life-saving insulin to last the weekend, an international online diabetes organization, ChildrenWithDiabetes.com, was notified and took action. Member families fed-exed personal donations of insulin and syringes, and contacted The Pump Girls, who were able to secure one year's worth of supplies, including over 3,000 syringes, test strips and several blood glucose meters, from a generous corporate donor, MiniMed Inc., the southern California based manufacturer of insulin pumps.
The Pump Girls will be performing and donating the diabetes supplies as a kick-off to National Diabetes Awareness Month, which takes place in November every year. At the rally, Representative Trovillion will be speaking in support of reviewing the eligibility requirements for Medicaid as well as recommending mandatory coverage of insulin pumps by Medicaid. The agency does currently cover the cost of many diabetes supplies, yet the system is designed in such a manner that many of those who need its support, such as the Maziottis, cannot benefit from it. Also at the event, The Children With Diabetes Foundation will be presenting a donation of $10,000 to the University of Florida - Gainesville for their research on a cure for diabetes.
For more information on The Pump Girls, please visit their website at www.pumpgirls.com. For more information on the online diabetes community, please see www.ChildrenWithDiabetes.com. Teri and Matthew Mazziotti, as well as The Pump Girls, Representative Trovillion and Laura Billetdeaux of ChildrenWithDiabetes.com, will be available for media interviews immediately following the rally.
25 October 2000
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