Middleton mom Liz Sacco developed a solution to help her diabetic son

Diabetic Dabs CEO Liz Sacco

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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