Pokemon tournament in Centerville to benefit those with diabetes

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Pokemon is back!

This Saturday, a 15-year-old boy is holding a Pokemon Tournament at Centerville Epic Loot Games and Comics to help those with diabetes.

“Me and my dad were browsing ideas on what to do for an Eagle project and we found Diabetes Dayton and we knew my sister went to their diabetes camp,” Riley Asher said.

Riley’s sister was diagnosed with type one diabetes at 7 years old.

“It was quite a traumatic experience because I didn’t know what to do,” Riley’s father, Rod, said. “I didn’t know enough about diabetes to understand the impact it was gonna have on her life or our lives.”

Riley is partnering with Diabetes Dayton with a goal of collecting 240 glucose bottles for the organization.

“Their blood sugars drops and these glucose bottles are an easy way to get their blood sugars back up,” Riley said.

“We go through about 5,000 to 6,000 glucose tabs in a week of camp so it’s really important we have enough to keep our kids healthy,” executive director of Diabetes Dayton Susan McGovern said.

Organizations like Diabetes Dayton have helped the Asher family greatly, and now they want to give back.

“We were able to be taught how to manage her diabetes and now we’re using Riley’s Eagle project to help other kids with diabetes,” Rod said.

The tournament is this Saturday, November 10 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The entry fee is a 50 ct. glucose tablet bottle OR $10 donation to Diabetes Dayton.


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