SPECIAL REPORT: Shayna Silberman of Saddle River made her 9th birthday special – for other children. Instead of accepting gifts, she convinced friends and loved ones to donate more than $1,600 to finding a cure for the juvenile diabetes that affects her two cousins.
(COURTESY: David Ciliento)
“She did an amazing thing,” said her uncle, Bergen County Sheriff’s Officer David Ciliento, who has organized his third annual three-on-three basketball tournament on June 2 to help raise money to fight juvenile diabetes.
“No words can express how deeply grateful and thankful we are,” he said.
Ciliento is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northern New Jersey and Rockland County chapter’s local board. He has an 8-year-old daughter and 2-year-old old son with Type 1 diabetes.
He’s also a Type 1 diabetic himself.
Ciliento’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 – all of which goes to the JDRF – at this year’s tournament on Moonachie Avenue in Wood-Ridge.
His niece has already gotten that ball rolling.
Make donations to:
Attention David Ciliento
646 Moonachie Ave
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075
The donation to play or watch the rain-or-shone 3-on-3 tournament is $25. Under 17: free. There will be food and a bar, along with a deejay, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. The action starts 11:30 a.m. June 2.
The event will be dedicated to Arkadiusz Nylec, who was only 22 when he died in January.
MORE INFO: Contact Ciliento at (973) 332-6578 (or: Davidciliento@aol.com )
A child or adult with juvenile diabetes or Type 1 diabetes has to take insulin through injections or a pump one to four times per day because he/she doesn’t produce insulin (which converts food to energy). Blood sugar levels must be tested four to six times a day with a finger-prick to draw blood. All food has to be weighed and measured for sugar content, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Exercise has to be estimated against blood sugar levels. Even with careful management, diabetes can still cause blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. MORE INFO: www.jdrf.org
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