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Lake Chelan Lions Club aims to provide additional health screenings

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CHELAN – The Lake Chelan Lions Club hopes to begin providing screenings for pre-diabetes and diabetes to children in the valley and surrounding areas. In support of this effort, the LCLC recently requested funding from the Chelan City Council in the amount of $7,500.

The LCLC has been serving the community for over 88 years in various capacities. A consistent effort of LCLC has been to provide hearing and sight screenings for K-7. Club President Craig Boothe mentioned during their Council funding request that the LCLC had already completed at least 1,400 hearing and sight screenings this year.

As a 501c(3), grants and fundraising efforts are the LCLC’s primary sources of funding.

If their request is granted, these funds would go specifically toward the provision of A1C [HbA1c or hemoglobin A1C tests] and glucose tests. These tests would aid in early identification of pre-diabetic and diabetic conditions in youth and allow for subsequent interventional health treatments.

According to a 2021 CDC press release, “Diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are surging among youth in the United States. From 2001 to 2017, the number of people under age 20 living with type 1 diabetes increased by 45%, and the number living with type 2 diabetes grew by 95%.”  

  

Katie Lindert: 509-731-3211 or katie@ward.media

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