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Driving for Diabetes Awareness with Lacy Kuehl

A passion for helping others through race car driving.

Hi, my name is Lacy Kuehl. I have been racing flat Kart’s since 2014 and now drive a Legend Car. I race for Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors and for people that have passed away from Diabetic Ketoacidosis and support ones that suffer from diabetes. I race Dirt Oval, Asphalt Oval, and Road racing. 
 

Losing my brother was devastating to our family and it is now my mission to make sure parents and children all over the world know the symptoms and what to look for so that a diagnosis can be made sooner."

Why Type 1 Diabetes is personal for Lacy.

In 2010 my baby brother Rocco lost his life to DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) 2 weeks after his first birthday due to being misdiagnosed with a virus. Diabetes doesn’t run in my family, my parents have heard of it, but they had no idea how serious it was. Losing my brother was devastating to our family and it is now my mission to make sure parents and children all over the world know the symptoms and what to look for so that a diagnosis can be made sooner. No parent should have to lose a child from diabetes and a child shouldn’t have to lose a parent from diabetes.
    
My passion for racing started in 2013 when I met a driver who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 17 years old. Doctors told him that he would never race again, but he was determined to prove them wrong, and he did.  My inspiration came from the Venturini’s who invited us to Daytona. 
 
My passion and drive come from those that I race for, so to get more attention to Diabetes Awareness, we got a dog. Some don’t like racing, but they might LOVE Dogs. In June 2018, we introduced a new member to our Drive For Diabetes Awareness Charity, KETONE, our working dog. He is a 3-month-old German shepherd puppy named Ketone. 
 
You’re probably wondering, Why Ketone? Well, we named him after the word Diabetic Ketoacidosis (ketones are what produce the fruity smell of the breath of people that are in DKA ), which is a symptom. Our plan is to train ketone to be a Diabetic Service Dog so that he will be able to detect the fruity smell from the ketones. We also have him walk around with brochures from my races and share education about the symptoms. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read about what I do and the reason why I do it. Thank you, mom and dad, for all the support over the years and everyone that has helped me over the years. I will continue to Drive for Diabetes Awareness with my passion and determination. Please memorize and share the symptoms with your friends and family. It could help save the life of a loved one.
 
“Check Don’t Guess” it may NOT be the FLU!
Education is knowledge and knowledge is the power to help save LIVES!