Brandess Holmes, a longtime Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) Diabetes and Endocrinology patient, recently donated nearly 30 decorated glucose monitoring cases to children newly diagnosed with diabetes.
Holmes, along with help from her siblings, friends, and fellow Girl Scouts, spent 30-60 minutes designing and personalizing each individual case to make the children using them feel special.
“I chose to take on this project because when I was first diagnosed with diabetes and had to go through all of the new changes, I found that decorating my glucose monitoring case made it feel less medical and foreign to me,” Holmes said. “I hope these cases make the transition for newly diagnosed children a little better knowing that someone else who has gone through what they’re going through cares.”
The themes for the decorated glucose monitoring cases range from princesses, to Captain America, to cupcakes, to beautiful landmarks.
“Brandess has been under our team’s care for some time and she’s now heading off to college. We look forward to continuing to follow her,” PSV’s Karen Harriman, FNP (Diabetes and Endocrinology) said. “We’re so appreciative of her taking the time and initiative to put together these custom-made glucose monitoring cases in an effort to make it better for newly diagnosed children.”
A special thank you to Brandess, all of the children and family members who helped, and children like her, who help to make PSV and our patients going through new and unfamiliar circumstances, feel loved every single day!