At this year’s Children With Diabetes conference, Disney introduced a special new character named Coco.
Coco is a young monkey with type 1 diabetes! Or, as Leighann Calentine affectionately mused, a MWD.
She sports a trendy diabetes bracelet and is friends with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the rest of the gang.
Coco is the star of an upcoming book called Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day.
Lorraine, who blogs about her son Caleb’s experience with diabetes, explains the moral of the story:
Coco shows Goofy that she can go to the party, play games, win contests, and eat cake and ice cream. This is an important message that we’ve seen delivered in other stories. Lilly Diabetes and Disney take the story a progressive step further.
Coco and other guests partake in but don’t overdo it when it comes to treats. Goofy however, because it’s his birthday, chooses to eat anything and everything he can. As a result of these choices, Coco and others are still going strong and playing and having fun at the end of the party. Goofy, on the other hand, doesn’t feel well and his friends have to take him home in the wagon he brought for Coco because he was worried she would need it because of her diabetes.
The lesson: moderation is important for all people, not just those with diabetes.
Thank you, Disney, for giving kids with diabetes someone like them to stand next to Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy!