Mary Kaye and Liddy Huntsman
Mary Kaye and Liddy Huntsman are a loving mother-daughter duo who found themselves face –to-face with type one diabetes when Liddy was diagnosed at the age of seven. While their world was turned upside down, they felt alone. They left the hospital and were sent on their way to deal with Liddy’s new life, as they knew it.
Mary Kaye and Liddy were brought a bag of supplies, by a family friend who had a child living with type one diabetes. They found this bag resourceful, and were grateful that someone was there to talk to if advice was needed.
Liddy struggled as a young girl having to now prick her finger, give shots, and account for everything she ate and did. Mary Kaye and Liddy had the idea to put together a bag of supplies, similar to what they were given, and bring it to a newly diagnosed child at Primary Children’s Medical Center. While Liddy was there, she felt a difference in herself, and the way she reflected on her diabetes. From this, the Bag of Hope program was created.
After over 20 years, Liddy hopes that the Bag of Hope will continue to instill a sense of security, community and belonging, and friendship. As each bag is given, a family is receiving support; the giver of the bag is able to feel that they are making a difference, and that it will bring our community to fight together for a hope for a future for a world without type one diabetes.