Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and to thank them for all they do for us. For Holly Daniels Christensen, the day is a way to honor her father who passed away from complications of type 1 diabetes at the young age of 36.
David Daniels had diabetes for the entirety of Holly’s life. Before she was even born, he lost his eye sight as a result of his disease. Despite this obstacle, David never let it stop him from his work as a carpenter, small engine repairman and most importantly, a father. When Holly was a toddler, her mother would tie bells to her feet when she ran out to do errands so that her dad could keep track of her. “My Dad was pure talent with a touch of magic!” said Holly. “He had a clothesline that was attached to the back door of our house and he would follow it out into the back yard every day for months where he built my Mother a barn for our horse, chickens and goats.”
When Holly was just seven years old, her father became very ill. A lot of his at-home care fell to his daughter. “I knew that he needed orange juice or sugar water quickly if he began to have a reaction when his blood sugar dipped too low. I knew how to make him comfortable when his legs were hurting. I knew how to change the dressing on his feeding tube when he needed it,” she said. ”These things sound like a lot for a child to deal with, but I wouldn’t change anything about it. It gave me more time with him.”
David Daniels passed away just a year later, but not before teaching his daughter the importance of a positive outlook on life and sense of humor. “Knowing what he dealt with and endured allows me to get through any situation. There are days that I’m not as positive as he was, but I always try!”, she said.
Now the successful business owner of Dune Jewelry, Holly has decided to give back to Joslin Diabetes Center, the place that cared for her father while he was sick. In celebration of Father’s Day, Dune Jewelry will host a 2 day sales event on June 1 and 2 donating 10 percent of all online sales to Joslin as well as offering customers free shipping on their orders. All contributions will be made in memory of Holly’s late father.
“There really are no words to explain what this means to me,” Holly expressed. “We spent a lot of time at Joslin when I was young and I’m lucky to have this opportunity. My Dad died at such a young age. If I can help in any way possible to prolong the lives of people living with diabetes it would mean the world to me. I can only hope that our outreach grows stronger and we can give back more and more every year.”
With Father’s Day just around the corner, this sales event provides the perfect opportunity to support Joslin Diabetes Center and to show your father how much you care by purchasing unique cufflinks, key chains, tie bars and other handsome gifts.
Dune Jewelry is a keepsake, collectible jewelry line made with beach sand from your choice of beaches worldwide, spanning all 7 continents. With thousands of sands in their Sandbank™, Dune Jewelry custom makes all orders out of their Boston, Massachusetts studio. Their sand collection keeps growing, almost weekly, thanks to customers sending in their own sand for their very own one-of-a-kind pieces. The Sandartists™ only need a tiny bit (soda cap full) for most designs. Dune creates modern, beautiful accessories that actually hold your most cherished coastal memories and travels.
Visit Dune Jewelry’s website today and support Joslin Diabetes Center in honor of Holly’s father and all those dads who hold a special place in our hearts.