A heartfelt thank you to Tatum Lemkau, 10, for organizing the sweetest fundraiser of this holiday season—a bake sale at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT where she is a 5th grader. Tatum’s big brother Mack, a patient at the Berrie Center, has type 1 diabetes (T1D), which, she says, “is something really close to my heart. More people should be aware of it.”
To that end, Tatum started a T1D lunch club every Monday at her school. In addition to raising awareness of T1D and funds for the Berrie Center (so far Tatum has organized 2 fundraisers where she sold $301.11 of baked goods), she’s been able to honor Mack who she says, “handles type 1 diabetes better than anyone.”
Tatum continued: “Having a brother with type 1 diabetes is really hard and scary, but he makes it a lot easier. If I ever get scared or upset he cheers me up and tells me that everything is fine.”
“Tatum Lemkau makes me smile, said Co-Director Dr. Robin Goland, MD, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes. “She and Mack and their parents Gregg and Kate are people who make the Berrie Center community so special. We feel blessed."