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Lizzie Organsky ‘26: A source of pure joy

In this profile, we learn what Lizzie is doing in her spare time to help advance Type 1 Diabetes Research.
Erika Organsky
Lizzie Organsky ‘26 patiently waiting for test results.

At only eight years old, Lizzie’s life changed forever. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes seven years ago. When Lizzie’s parents noticed changes in her mood and abnormalities in her bodily functions, they decided to bring their concerns to her primary doctor. 

Today, Lizzie Organsky ‘26 is helping and supporting families who are living with Type 1 Diabetes. Through her volunteer work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, she is helping to fund Type 1 Diabetes research. 

On that fateful day eight years ago, Lizzie and her parents were then sent straight to CHOP. After a few hours of anxiously waiting, Lizzie was taken into a room for testing. She was admitted to the hospital and soon after she was told that she has Type 1 Diabetes.

Lizzie Organsky ‘26 eagerly waiting to be discharged.

Throughout her hospital stay, she and her family learned how to handle her diagnosis and how her life would be different. 

Erika Organsky ‘96, Lizzie’s mom, says she had concerns about Lizzie’s “quality of life.” She also wanted Lizzie to “maintain the same life” that she had before her diagnosis, and she did just that. 

Oftentimes, when Lizzie’s blood sugar fluctuates, so does her mood. Despite this, Lizzie’s best friend Brooklyn Vargas ‘26 describes her as a fun-loving person and a great friend. Vargas said she, “trusts Lizzie with her life” which speaks volumes about her character and how Lizzie does not let her mood fluctuations affect her friendships. 

Another one of her best friends, Shannon Shields ‘26, says that even after her diagnosis, their friendship did not falter. According to Shannon, Lizzie still sings and dances as freely as she always has. 

“If anyone wants a video of Lizzie dancing in my kitchen or in the middle of the street at ten o’clock at night, I got you.” Shields said. 

 A year into her diagnosis, Lizzie’s parents came across the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They introduced this organization to Lizzie through the walk that the foundation hosts. Now seven years later, 

Erika Organsky ‘96, a Mount alum, is Lizzie’s mom and is currently running the page to fund the attempts in curing Type 1 Diabetes for kids like her, called Lizzie’s Lizards. 

Mrs. Organsky’s advice to other families with someone who has T1D in their family is to seek and reach out to other individuals and families who have experience with T1D and to support each other. 

Lizzie Organsky ‘26 and her family gather for a picture during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser walk.

If you would like to support Lizzie’s fundraising efforts this year please check out her sweatshirt. Or, learn more about Juvenile Diabetes at this site.

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Liv Courchain, Staff Writer
Liv Courchain ‘26 is currently a sophomore at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. This is her first year writing for The Campanile. She enjoys reading, playing softball, and listening to music. She is so excited to start writing for The Campanile and can not wait to see what this year has in store for her.
Mare Rambo, Staff Member
Mare is a sophomore at the Mount. This is her first time writing for The Campanille. She takes part in the crew team at the Mount. In her free time she likes hanging out with friends and making memories.
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    Violet BinczewskiOct 5, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    What an amazing first article Liv! This is incredible.