Not even a rainstorm could keep family and friends of the Lucas family from coming out to golf for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. On a recent afternoon at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY, a dedicated bunch battled the elements to raise more than $22,000 for the Berrie Center.
The golf outing was arranged by Jennifer and Eddie Lucas, the devoted parents of 14-year-old Madison who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in December 2015. Jennifer remembers the day, like it was yesterday.
“Dr. (Rachelle) Gandica came to the hospital on a Sunday and spent hours with us answering questions,” she recalled, “and I was completely blown away. She is straightforward, kind and very intelligent. Almost fours years later, and she continues to guide us in the right direction.”
To express their gratitude for the care that their daughter receives, and help others in need, Jennifer (a respiratory therapist) and Eddie (a retired police officer) decided to rally their network for a day of fun on the links.
“Since our daughter Madison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the staff and doctors at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center have been an integral part of her life,” said Eddie. “We wanted to say thank you for continuing to do such a great job.”
In remarks to the attendees, Madison also recalled the day her life was “turned upside down” and talked about how far she has come. “My family and I have been supporting Naomi Berrie since the beginning, and we will continue to do so until there is a cure,” she said, leaving barely a dry eye in the room.
The Lucas family has no plans to stop fundraising now. The Madison Lynn Foundation is under development, said Jennifer, whose mission will be to support children with T1D.
Thank you the Lucas family for being such wonderful supporters of the Berrie Center!