Life has not always been easy for Wesley Fisher, including the news in 2011 that he had Type II Diabetes. In typical Fisher family style, the news did not devastate Wesley and his parents Melissa and Bill. It motivated them. With his family’s support, Wesley began going to classes at Diabetes Dayton and got involved in training at the Bull Diabetes Center. In just three months Wesley went from four insulin shots a day to just one. Within six months he was completely off insulin shots and taking oral medication.
Through his diagnosis and with his family by his side, he has learned to live a healthier lifestyle. He is one of the participants in Choices In Community Living’s Fun-Fit (Day Hab) program at the West Carrollton YMCA. He lost over 80 pounds over ten months. He has maintained his weight loss for over a year and is currently not taking any medication for his Diabetes.
This May Wesley graduated from Stebbins High School. What he wanted for his graduation was not gifts for himself, but gifts for others, others, like him, who live with the challenges of Diabetes. He decided that he would donate the money he received as graduation gifts to Diabetes Dayton. He was active in letting friends and family know about his wish for others, resulting in him raising $1000.
On a beautiful summer day at Fifth Third Field, Wesley was honored as a Community All Star. Wesley got to go out on the field and present a check to Diabetes Dayton. With him on the field as he presented the check were his parents, his grandmothers, a cousin and an aunt who had recently been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. The family got a personal tour of the field as well. The ultimate highlight for Wesley was when he got to step on the field and throw out the first pitch at the Dayton Dragons game.
A hug from Dragons’ mascots Heater and Gem was the perfect ending for Wesley’s great day, a day when a stadium full of Dragons fans became Wesley fans as well, fans of that determined young man who is indeed one of our community’s All Stars!