Little Coltan is a fundraising powerhouse

At age 2½, one of B.C.’s littlest insulin-dependent diabetics is also one of the biggest fundraisers around for an organization that’s helping find a cure.

Coltan Daniel is just 2 1/2 and living with Type 1 diabetes.

At age 2½, one of B.C.’s littlest insulin-dependent diabetics is also one of the biggest fundraisers around for an organization that’s helping find a cure.

Coltan Daniel was just nine months old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009.

He nearly died while doctors frantically tried to figure out what was wrong. Fortunately, the staff at BC Children’s Hospital were able to save his life.

Now, it’s up to Coltan’s family to manage his blood sugar levels, inject him with insulin, and manage his diet – every day.

He’s “just a little guy”, mom Meaghan Norton Daniel says, so he requires constant blood checks throughout the day, and even every two to three hours at night. Failing to do so could result in seizures, coma or death – or might bring on long-term complications like blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs.

The insulin Coltan needs is not a cure, his family says, but life-support. But, they say, thanks to research and technological advances discovered by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), living with Type 1 diabetes is more manageable than it was 10 years ago.

Last year, Team Kisses For Coltan – named for the soothing kisses he receives for the thousands of painful finger-pokes he needs each year – raised $18,000 for the foundation, with Coltan leading the way. Coltan ended up being the top individual fundraiser for 2010.

He was also awarded the top rookie award from the JDRF.

Turns out, Team Coltan was just getting started.

This year, the team’s set a goal of $20,000.

On June 5, they held a movie night at the Clova Cinema in Cloverdale.

The team is holding a cocktail gala evening at Belle’s Restaurant in South Surrey on July 23. Highlights include a photo booth, door prizes, and auction. Items up for bid include a team signed Canucks jersey, Lions football and Whitecaps game packages, a war plane flight for two, a family photography session and much more.

For more information or for tickets, call 604-721-9571 or email

The rest of the tickets will be sold at the door.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Just Posted

Langley junior curling champs defend title in Quebec

Defeat of their cousin’s team has secured Tardi brothers and the rest of the team in today’s finals.

Windstorm whallops Surrey

Environment Canada lifts wind warning but not before storms hits region hard

UPDATE: Elderly woman found wandering in Surrey reunited with family

Public asked to help identify South Asian woman who is not able to communicate with police

ZYTARUK: Only the truth, and nothing but

Lying hurts all of us. You, me, them. All of us.

UPDATE: Wind warning has ended for Metro Vancouver

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Most Read