Carly's Corner | Carly Lenett | American Diabetes Association

PA Foot and Ankle Associates is proud to sponsor Carly Lenett, the Juvenile Ambassador for the ADA, in her fight against Type 1 Diabetes.

Carly Lenett diabetes fund raiserCarly LenettCarly Lenett has achieved more in her 8 years than many of us do in a lifetime. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just three years old, she went on a mission to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research.

Team Carly Rocks Foundation

Here's what Carly has already accomplished:

  • She learned to test her own blood glucose levels and manage her disease before she even finished second grade!
  • In 2012, when Carly was 7, she swam 100 laps and raised over $9,000.
  • In 2013, alongside Olympic silver medalist Kristy Kowal, Carly swam 110 laps (more than 1.5 miles) and raised $11,000.
  • In 2013, Carly was named Youth Ambassador for the Lehigh Valley Step Out
  • In 2014, she and Kowal plan on swimming 200 laps and raising $25,000.

If Carly meets her fundraising goal this year, she will have raised $45,000 in the fight to cure diabetes!

Carly raised funds for diabetes research by swimming 110 laps at Emmaus High School in 2013. Notice the glucose monitor strapped to her right arm.Carly raised funds for diabetes research by swimming 110 laps at Emmaus High School in 2013. Notice the glucose monitor strapped to her right arm.Will you help? To donate to the team, Carly Rocks, and to see real-time progress on how much Carly has raised, click here.

Carly says that as a young athlete, she tries to set a healthy example for others. “You can do it and don’t be afraid...I just watch my blood sugar, and I test to make sure it’s OK. [Exercise] is good for your blood sugar, and it’s really fun.”

Carly wants people to know - and especially kids - that having diabetes doesn't mean you can't be a regular kid. In addition to swimming, she also does gymnastics, rides horses, and loves to paint. Why Swimming? Because it exercises every muscle in your body, and is one of the best ways to lower blood sugar.

"Click to watch Carly videos"

Cable News Network (CNN). Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a Pennsylvania girl who swims to raise money for diabetes research. Aired September 3, 4, 6, 2014.

WFMZ-TV (Allentown, PA) story about Carly. Aired September 3, 2014. Story is posted on the WFMZ website here.

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Morning Call coverage of Carly's 2013 swim marathon with Olympic Silver Medalist Kristy Kowal is on the Mcall site here.

In the video below, Rhonda Heier of the American Diabetes Association Lehigh Valley, talks with Carly about all of the gear and apps she uses to monitor her blood glucose level.

In this video, Rhonda talks with Carly about her heroes, what she does in her spare time, how she manages her Type 1 diabetes, and her upcoming fundraising events.


Listen to Carly's interview with WAEB-AM's Bobby Gunther Walsh

Read Lehigh Valley and national press about Carly

Cable News Network (CNN)Aired September 3, 4, 6, 2014.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a Pennsylvania girl who swims to raise money for diabetes research.  Watch video on CNN website.


Morning Call online, September 3, 2014:

Special 9-year-old Lower Macungie girl to be featured on CNN on Wednesday

Carly Lenett, the amazing 9-year-old from Lower Macungie Township who is planning another 3-mile swim marathon on Sept. 20 at Emmaus High School, was recently interviewed by CNN and will be featured on the all-news network in the 8 a.m. hour and in the noon hour on Wednesday. Read more.


LehighValleyLive, September 3, 2014

Lehigh County girl to discuss upcoming 3-mile swim for diabetes cure on CNN

A Lehigh County girl preparing a 3-mile swim to raise money for diabetes research will be featured this morning on CNN. Read more.


WFMZ-TV, Channel 69, September 3, 2014 (with video)

9-year-old diabetic swimmer teams up with Berks Olympian

A little girl from Lehigh County is making big strides for diabetes awareness, one stroke at a time. Lower Macungie Township's Carly Lenett loves to swim. "I like it because it is really fun," said Carly. Read more.

Her motto is: "Life is tough, but I am tougher". “I want a cure where I don’t have to wear anything on me or test myself at all,” Lenett says.“Just like eating a magic Skittle or something!”

Mitch Lenett, Carly's father and a fellow Type 1 diabetic, says his daughter inspires him - “She’s got such a strong will,” he says. “She’s so little and cute and has this little voice, but a heart like a lion.”

Carly's upcoming fundraising events

√ Completed: September 14, 2014 @ Coca-Cola Park, Allentown

Carly's Run, part of the iRunPigs 5K

irunpigs 5k 2014Done: Carly and Doctor Teichman from PA Foot and Ankle Associates cross the finish line at the iRUNpigs 5k 2014.


√ Completed: September 20, 2014 @ Emmaus High School
Carly intends to swim 188 laps and raise $15,000. In 2013 she swam 110 laps. (1.5 miles+)

See video of the swimathon here.

carly lenett kristy kowal step out walk diabetes adaDone: On September 20, 2014, Carly swam 3 continuous miles at Emmaus High School, with Kristy Kowal by her side. Funds raised: over $17,000


√ Completed: October 4, 2014 @ CocaCola Park (IronPigs stadium)
2014 Step Out Lehigh Valley: Walk To Stop Diabetes (PA Foot and Ankle Associates is the Memory Mile sponsor for the walk)


Will you help Carly in her fundraising goal of $25,000? Click here to donate now.

carly lenett kristy kowal diabetes fundraiser emmausCarly Lenett (left) and Olympic silver medalist Kristy Kowal in 2013

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