In the kitchen for T1D

By Nikki Blankenship - [email protected]

The local Type 1 diabetes (T1D) support group is cooking up a great way to raise funding for continued reasearch while also learning some healthy recipes.

“At this class you can sit back and relax and watch how to make homemade salsa, shredded chicken tostadas, and delicious avocado ice-cream!” support group coordinator and Kings Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) dietician Malissa Sarver said. “These classes are fun, informative, and gives you great cooking ideas to impress your friends and families at home!”

Sarver has years of experience working with individuals with Type 1. In fact, she is the parent of a child who battles the disease. She has also been active in outreach, helping others in the community to gain access to medical and health needs as well as educational opportunities.

“Everyone is welcome so please invite your friends, families, neighbors,” Sarver added. “This is a delicious way to help turn Type One into Type None!”

The 2017 fundraising event at will be hosted from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 11 at Pastor’s Pantry Cooking School at 8019 Hayport Rd, Wheelersburg, OH 45694. All funding from the event goes to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. JDRF is a global organization that supports T1D research worldwide.

T1D was previously known as juvenile diabetes because it is typically diagnosed during childhood. In cases of T1D, the body attacks the pancreas until it produces little to no insulin. T1D is also known as insulin dependent diabetes. Those with Type 1 will never grow out of it and did not develop diabetes as a result of any particular lifestyle/diet choice, setting them apart from those who have Type 2.

Tickets are available at, then go to the tab “cooking classes” and look for the August 11 JDRF class. Tickets are $40 each with $10 from every reservation being donated to JDRF to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

For more information about T1D, JDRF or T1D research, visit Or, contact Sarver at 740-991-1430 who can also provide information about the support group, support group related activities and other T1D local resources.

By Nikki Blankenship

[email protected]

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.