Bemi Wayland: North Carolina Camper, Youth Ambassador and Red Rider

By American Diabetes Association

Bemi and her father Derek, riding to Stop Diabetes!

If you asked the Wayland family why they ride in Tour de Cure®, they would say it is for their daughter or for their older sister, Bemi.

Bemi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in grade school. Her knowledge of this disease was almost nonexistent when she was diagnosed, but with the support of her family and friends, she learned how to adjust her lifestyle, eating habits and exercise routine to maintain a normal life. From this young age, she also learned how to manage and regulate her blood glucose levels with insulin injections in order to survive.

Bemi was introduced to the American Diabetes Association when she attended her first Camp Carolina Trails outing for children with diabetes. Each year this residential summer camp welcomes 180 North Carolina youth to engage in sports and activities and receive diabetes education and life lessons from medical staff, including pediatric endocrinologists, physician assistants, registered nurses and registered dietitians, many of whom are also certified diabetes educators.

Quickly Bemi learned that diabetes provided opportunities to do good. She remembered what it was like when a classmate of hers was diagnosed with diabetes, and no one in the class knew what this meant. Bemi also remembered what it was like when she was diagnosed and lost her close friends due to misconceptions and lack of awareness and knowledge about diabetes. Knowing how important diabetes advocacy is, Bemi has made it her career aspiration to speak out for and to the communities affected by diabetes.

Now in 2014, Bemi has taken on a new role within the Association. She has officially registered for their local Tour de Cure as a Red Rider—that’s a cyclist who lives with diabetes. Watch this video of Bemi and father Derek talking through their experience and how they pledged to start the year off right with the Jan. 1 Resolution Ride in support of the North Carolina Tour de Cure two-day ride, coming up May 17-18, 2014.

Their resolution: to find a cure and Stop Diabetes®.


Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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