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Disney Discovers Diabetes

Published: July 21st, 2011

Category: Education and Research, News

The Walt Disney Company has created a new character, Coco, who has type 1 diabetes, and she is featured in a new Disney book called “Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day.” In the book, Coco and Goofy are invited to a birthday party, but concern is raised that Coco shouldn’t go. Coco insists she can, and she finds a powerful ally. “Coco says she can come to the party, play games, and have treats,” Mickey Mouse says.

When Mickey’s in your corner, you’re pretty well set. So Coco goes to the party, eats cake (but not too much – unlike Goofy, who stuffs his face), runs around, and wins musical chairs. She shuns a wagon that was brought for her in case she got tired. Her mother tests her blood sugar, and other characters take it all in stride.

The book ends with the phrase, “From Coco’s World to Yours,” with some questions and answers about the story to use when speaking to children with diabetes or their siblings or friends. They range from “What is diabetes?” to “What does Coco carry in her backpack?” (a meter, insulin, something for low blood glucose, and her mom’s phone number).

The book “Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day” was created through a partnership between Disney and Lilly Diabetes. You can learn more online.