Pediatric patients from Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston living with type 1 diabetes were treated to an unforgettable experience with country star Eric Paslay, who was in Boston for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Patriots Fest concert, which he headlined with country singer Tyler Farr. Paslay, whose hits include “Friday Night” and “She Don’t Love You” and also co-wrote five number one hits including “Rewind” for Rascal Flatts, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10 years old. He treated a group of 15 pediatric patients, their parents and Joslin’s President and CEO, Dr. Peter Amenta, to a special private performance and meet and greet at Joslin before hitting the stage for Patriots Fest at Lawn on D. Eric engaged with the kids and they shared experiences about living with type 1 diabetes; he even compared glucose numbers with a few who had the same Dexcom monitor as him. Paslay, who keeps a glass of orange juice nearby during all performances, including the one at Joslin (in case his blood sugar starts to dip) uses Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitor to manage his blood sugars while performing. He says his wife and other members of his team can monitor his blood sugar level remotely while he is performing to watch out for trouble. Paslay’s story inspired the patients, and their families and friends, with his personal example of how you can control your diabetes and live your dream. One patient asked him what it was like to live with diabetes “on the road” and Eric emphasized the importance of always being aware and never being afraid to ask for help when it is needed. For over a hundred years, Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has led the way worldwide in diabetes research and clinical care for children and adults.
“All of us at Joslin are beyond grateful for Eric’s generosity and kindness,” said President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center, Dr. Peter Amenta. “We not only got to enjoy some of our favorite Eric Paslay hits in-person and take him on a tour of our pediatric department, but he really took the time to get to know our patients and bond with them about his own experiences living with type 1 diabetes. It was a very special day for all of us.”