Minnesota family working to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes with mittens

Updated: November 13, 2019 05:33 PM

A Minnesota family is working to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes by selling colorful pairs of mittens.

Leah and Doug Mickschl launched Pretty Simple CURE, a philanthropic branch of the online retail company Pretty Simple, last year in Lakeville. The initiative was inspired by their 14-year-old daughter, Gracie, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 10.


Type 1 diabetes is an incurable disease and requires people to prick their fingers several times per day to read their blood sugar levels.

The Mickschls said diabetics' fingers become raw and sore from continually being pricked, and they wanted to protect their daughter's fingers in the cold months. That inspired them to make colorful pairs of mittens to both protect diabetics' fingers while also raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes.

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"Nothing can create a fire in someone like when your child is diagnosed with an incurable disease," Leah Mickschl said. "We can't sit back and wait; we knew we had to do something.

The Mickschl's said they raised more than $10,000 for Type 1 diabetes in their first year of mittens sales and hope to double that in 2020.

"With the grace of God and everyone's help, we will find a CURE for Type 1 diabetes, one pair of mittens at a time," she said.

You can find more information about Pretty Simple CURE here.

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