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Teens with Diabetes Enjoy Fenway Tour

Fenway Park tour for teens at Joslin Diabetes Center

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

More than 25 teens and their families came out for Joslin’s teen tour of Fenway Park last week. The event began at Joslin and then families walked together to Fenway Park, the oldest venue used by a sports team in the United States, where there was an informative and humorous tour about the park’s history.

The event was organized by Debbie Butler, associate director of pediatric programs, to give Joslin teens a fun-filled day with their peers and family members. It also provided multiple teaching moments, as a number of Joslin pediatric staff members accompanied the teens and their families during the walk to and from the park, when they candidly discussed many issues about living with diabetes.

The tour lasted about an hour and gave the group a chance to sit in three sections of the stadium: the “Green Monster” seats, the third-base line (the oldest seats in the stadium) and the first-base line. (Here, the tour guide declared that “if you take one thing away from this tour, let it be this: Do not be a Yankees fan!”)

The guide had an unlimited supply of stories, from how the Red Sox got their name (much catchier than the original “Red Stockings”) to the legends of the Green Monster. “It’s harder to get Green Monster seats than to get into Harvard,” she joked. 

Everyone had a great time. “It was really fun,” said Kendall, a teen patient at Joslin, who came with his father. “This is one of our most popular events,” added Butler. “It is great to see the teens have so much fun with their families and also have the opportunity to meet other teens with diabetes.”

Joslin will host a similar tour of Fenway Park for 8-to-12-year-olds on Wednesday, August 11th.

Additionally, the annual Summer Magic event, in which pediatric patients and their families enjoy a picnic-style dinner and entertainment by a magician, is scheduled for Wednesday July 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

"We are fortunate to have dedicated staff members who are willing to help with these multiple events aimed at providing fun along with support for our young patients and their parents living with diabetes," said Dr. Lori Laffel, head of Joslin's pediatric programs.

For more information on these upcoming events, please call Joslin Pediatric Services at (617) 732-2603.

Tour of Fenway Park by teens at Joslin Diabetes Center

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