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Mighty Maria

as told by her father, Kris Miceli, in a thank you defining moment

My name is Kris Miceli, and the Miceli family would like to thank and recognize Rhonda Lewis in the Diabetes Care Center for what she does graciously and continually for patients.Maria and Family

Life can be very tough with type 1 diabetes. My 10 year old daughter Maria was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on February 15, 2012 and it changed our lives forever. We have spent a number of nights at Parkview Medical Center's Emergency Room and we continue to receive excellent care. The care my daughter receives makes me even more proud that I work for the hospital in the IT department.

More than anything, we would like to recognize Rhonda Lewis in the Diabetes Care Center who continues to go out of her way to assist us and others. Rhonda has provided my family diabetes education classes to help us manage some of the issues we encounter daily. She helped us find ways to lessen the cost of diabetic supplies and has helped make them available at the Retail Pharmacy at Parkview. Not to mention she is active in the community and volunteers with the Pueblo Community Diabetes Project. An organization that raises funds and sponsors our daughter, along with many other children to attend the yearly ADA (American Diabetes Association) Type 1 Diabetes camp in Woodland Park. This year was Maria’s third year going to this Camp and it means the world to her.In the words of Maria, "I went to this camp for 3 years, and I have met so many kids like me. Now I don’t feel different anymore. I cant wait to go back to camp next year".

Rhonda exemplifies the values of Parkview in every way. We've had unexpected emergencies where we forgot supplies in Pueblo West and she helped us with supplies to get us through the emergency. She's taken the time and energy to help us through this learning experience. She also motivated us to start the first type 1 diabetes support group in Pueblo, Colorado and we are happy to have more members joining.

While Maria still has a primary care and diabetes care specialist that she sees, we are happy to have additional support and education with the local Diabetes Care Center.

We cannot thank Rhonda enough for the many things she does for us and for the other patients and co-workers. She is truly an asset to Parkview Medical Center and to the community of Pueblo.

Maria and Family

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