For the past several years, Stettler resident Brenda Baltimore has been helping fundraise for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through various ways, including an annual Mother’s Day hanging basket flower sale.
Baltimore starts taking orders for hanging baskets of flowers — this year including mixed plantings, strawberry plants, tomato plants, geraniums, petunias and calabrochoas.
“We’ve done it for several years now,” Baltimore said.
Baltimore and her husband became involved with JDRF after their son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age eight. He’s now 19.
“It’s a steep learning curve,” Baltimore admitted, noting that the public perception of ‘don’t eat sugar and take an insulin needle every day’ barely scratches the surface of how life changes after a Type I diagnosis.
“It’s a very complex illness and requires a lot of maintenance on a day-to-day basis,” she said.
This year’s flower sale raised $1,742.36.