Watching her daughter cope inspired her to create the film about Type 1 and 2 diabetes, as experienced by her own family and other children.
The recently completed movie was screened for Utah leaders at the state Capitol Thursday in recognition of World Diabetes Day and November's Diabetes Awareness Month.
A free screening will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Salt Lake City's Main Library.
"The breakneck speed at which diabetes is rising in Utah is frightening," said Laura Western, executive director of the Utah chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), in a statement urging Utahns to get screened.
The prevalence of diabetes is higher in Utah's minority communities; an estimated 12.2 percent of American Indians in Utah and 12 percent of Pacific Islanders have the disease. More than 135,000 Utahns have been diagnosed and an estimated 47,000 adults in the state are unaware they have it, according to the JDRF.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when a person's body fails to produce insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, the far more common form, a person's body does not use insulin properly. Linked to obesity, diets high in sugar and sedentary lifestyles, it is increasingly being diagnosed in children.
To learn more, Utahns can visit www.jdrf.org and www.stopdiabetes.com.