Hollywood, MD- On Sunday, Sept. 3 Last Drop Country Bar hosted local musicians RunCatchRain, HydraFX, Mike Dameron (Iz’em & ByeFeliciaRocks), Jessie James Hanbury, and a few others joined in for a day of live music, weekend fun and to raise money for a local teenager, Zoe Lambert. Lambert, a 21-year-old who studies at The College of Southern Maryland, has been a Type 1 diabetic since she was 11 years old.
Type 1 diabetes is where your pancreas stops making insulin. In Zoe’s case, she must use a pump to get insulin. If she does not keep her insulin in check she could end up in a coma or die. If her blood sugar stays too high for too long she can have organ damage and even lose her eyesight.
In the case of the fundraiser, Zoe and her family have been raising money for her to get a diabetic alert dog. Unfortunately, this is not covered her insurance but is something that would be very beneficial to help keep her blood sugar stable.
A diabetic alert dog is trained to sense low and high blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia/ hyperglycemia, all which release chemicals in the body that have a distinct odor that is undetectable by humans. For people with Type 1 diabetes having a diabetic alert dog gives them emotional security and a sense of balance.
Throughout the day as the bands took the stage, a few hundred fellow Southern Marylander’s stopped by for the music, raffles, 50/50 drawing and to enjoy time with friends. For the raffle; there were tickets to the Trapt show in Callaway (donated by Shallowdeep), a game console made by Zoe herself, a cooler with beers and liquors, and much more. Throughout the show, each of the musicians took a minute to talk about how being there to help meant so much to them. And how they loved that their fans and neighbors came by to support the cause.
By the end of the evening, after HydraFX had taken the stage, the raffles were drawn, and winners announced. Zoe was presented with a check for $1,850 from the raffle. With the check from the raffle and the donation at the door, the event was a lot of fun and over $2,300 was raised. So far, $13,493 of the $20,000 goal has been raised. Zoe thanked everyone and the night drew to a close.
If you would like to help Zoe on her drive to get a diabetic alert dog, you can find more out at her YouCaring Page.