Loyola girls basketball team sees its hard work pay off: A season-long fundraising initiative was highlighted Saturday when the Ramblers presented a check for $10,500 to the American Diabetes Association to fund Camp Confidence, a program created to connect children with Type I diabetes.
Loyola senior Celia Satter had trouble finding the words to describe the feeling of delivering such a significant donation to a cause close to the team.
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One of the camp’s attendees who serves as an inspiration for the Ramblers is Jamie Stonequist. The 6-year-old was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when he was 14 months old. A big fan of the girls basketball team, Jamie is the son of Dennis Stonequist, a 1990 Loyola graduate and the school’s executive vice president.
“It was really satisfying to give out that check,” Satter said. “I know how helpful the money will be. It seemed like a big task at the beginning, but we had so many hands helping us.”
The fundraising effort goes through the end of the season.
War on the Shore continues to be a positive force in the fight against epilepsy: Despite heavy snowfall the night before that continued into the morning of the event, the ninth edition of Danny Did Foundation’s War on the Shore on Jan. 19 at Evanston raised $2,670.
Created in 2010 after the death of Danny Stanton, the son of Loyola graduate Mike Stanton (Class of 1988), the non-profit’s mission is to advance public awareness for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), enhance communication between medical professionals and families affected by seizures and allocated seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing deaths to those in need.
“This event is a great opportunity for Danny Did to educate families and school communities about seizures and epilepsy,” said Tom Stanton, the organization’s executive director and 1994 graduate of Loyola. “My nephew Danny loved basketball, and he would really enjoy a day like this.”
Loyola head coach Tom Livatino was instrumental in jump-starting the event. Along with the Ramblers, Evanston and New Trier have participated every year. Bolingbrook and DePaul Prep played in it for the first time this year. Since 2011, 15 schools have been invited, not including Evanston, Loyola and New Trier.
In conjunction with promoting awareness about epilepsy, War on the Shore has raised $21,200 since its inception.
“[Livatino] puts together a first-class event, and we are fortunate to be part of it,” said Tom, a former assistant of Livatino’s at Loyola. “It’s another connection point between Danny Did and Loyola that we value.”