Media coverage of Diabetic Dabs®
Liz Sacco of Middleton is a mother of four very active boys. David (14), Tommy (13), and twins A.J. & Chris (10) are constantly on the go. While they play a variety of sports, they have a passion for hockey. This comes as no surprise to those that know the family. After all, the boy’s father, Dave Sacco, is a retired professional ice hockey player. Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988, Sacco also played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the New York Islanders during his five-year career. Sacco also represented the US as part of the national ice hockey team in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
In March of 2011 Liz noticed that her oldest son David, then 9, was constantly drinking and never able to quench his thirst. After about a week and concerned about his fluid intake, Liz brought him to the pediatrician. It was there that David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a family, they were faced with a lot of unknowns. No one in their family or any of their close friends was diabetic. This was uncharted territory.
After diligently searching for two years for a solution to this simple problem, I decided to develop Diabetic Dabs®. I started my company with the hopes of making a positive impact in the lives of those living with diabetes. As a member of the diabetes community, I am passionate about helping to simplify and improve the lives of families like ours. As such, a portion of the proceeds from Diabetic Dabs® will be donated to diabetes research.
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Former resident creates diabetes management tool
When her oldest son, David, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2011, former St. Charles resident Elizabeth Lappin-Sacco’s life was suddenly thrown into “the unknown,” working with blood glucose testing strips and messy fingertips.
“This was all new territory for us,” Lappin-Sacco said. “We had never had a family member or friend with diabetes, so we didn’t know what to expect and now our son had to test his blood six to 10 times a day.”
She soon realized it was hard to find a clean, sterile and economical way for him to remove the excess blood from his finger after doing his blood glucose testing. After researching for two years and learning there was no product on the market to meet the needs of what she was looking for, she invented Diabetic Dabs.
“My 9-year-old son wasn’t using the Kleenex I was providing for him to wipe his finger,” Lappin-Sacco said. “Instead, he was wiping the blood on his case or worse yet on his clothes or licking his finger.”
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Middleton mom's invention, Diabetic Dabs®
In 2011, Diabetic Dabs® founder, inventor and President Liz Sacco’s son David struggled with unquenchable thirst, numerous bathroom breaks, and fatigue at the end of hockey season. “A sip of water for me would be like a whole bottle of water,” said David Sacco, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March 2011. Once referred to as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that has left the beta cells in David Sacco’s pancreas without the ability to produce insulin, a hormone that regulates the body’s blood sugar.
While there is no cure, the disease is treatable, but it requires David Sacco prick his finger at least six times a day to check his blood glucose level. It was the need to clean up after constant finger sticks that left Liz Sacco bewildered.
“A lot of times, I was wiping on my shorts, a lot,” said David Sacco, an incoming freshman at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. If his mother put a paper towel in his test kit, he would throw it out after the first wipe. Absent that, he would just lick his finger.
“It was that missing component of his testing routine,” Liz Sacco said.
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Mom on a Mission
What is your connection to type 1 diabetes?
My connection to diabetes is personal. My oldest son David was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of nine. As a family we were completely blindsided, because there is no history of diabetes in our family. It was very unfamiliar and overwhelming, yet instantly I became passionate about teaching my son the importance of using adversity to make you better not bitter.
What inspired you to create this product?
It truly is a story of “necessity is the mother of invention.” Being a typical nine-year-old boy who tested and still tests his blood minimally seven times a day, David would wipe the excess blood from his finger on his clothes or the inside of his case. I tried to put tissues in his case, which he inevitably would discard after one use. For such a simple problem, I was unable to come up with a simple solution. As a mother, I was not comfortable with David wiping his finger on these unclean surfaces. My inspiration came from being a mother of a child living with diabetes and instilling a healthy habit into his testing routine. My thought was, if I could bring value to my son, by developing a product to solve this problem, I could bring value to all those who live with diabetes.
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Middleton mom Liz Sacco
Middleton mom Liz Sacco developed a solution to help her diabetic son.
In March 2011, Liz Sacco, a mother of four very active boys, noticed that her oldest son, David, then 9, was constantly drinking and never able to quench his thirst. After watching him for about a week and wondering if something might be wrong, she brought him to the pediatrician. It was there that David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
This was uncharted territory for the Middleton family, which also includes Liz’s husband Dave, and their three other sons. No one in their family or any of their close friends was diabetic.
Because David (now 14), Tommy (13), and twins A.J. & Chris (11) are constantly on the go, the Saccos wondered how this diagnosis would affect the family’s lifestyle. The boys all play a variety of sports, but they have a passion for ice hockey. Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988, their Dad, Dave Sacco, also played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the New York Islanders during his five-year career. Sacco represented the United States as part of the national ice hockey team in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Dave’s older brother, Joe Sacco, also played in the NHL and is currently an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins.
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Sue Tabb interviews Liz Sacco, entrepreneur, mother of 4 boys and founder of Diabetic Dabs, a disposable, inexpensive, convenient, breakthrough for blood glucose testing. Dabs are non-toxic, highly absorbent sheets that are designed to fit conveniently into any blood glucose testing kit. After her son David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9, in 2011, she decided to find an efficient solution to help simplify his testing routine. She developed Diabetic Dabs with the hopes of making a positive impact in the lives of those living with diabetes. Don’t miss this candid conversation!Just listen>> Magic 106.7
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