Transcript: Chronic Condition Management Made Affordable with the Help of UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

A smiling young girl, Winnie, runs down a hallway in a ballerina outfit. Her father David speaks in voiceover.

DAVID: I would say she's a people person or an includer for sure.

Winnie's parents, David and Michelle, sit on the couch. David continues speaking to an interviewer, as his name appears in a blue graphic to the lower left.


Winnie's dad

DAVID: Like, it's not just that she wants to be doing something. She wants everybody to be doing something with her.

Winnie and her mother sit at a table in an upstairs den, paging through a scrapbook. A small boy, Elvin, walks up the stairs behind them.

WINNIE: Hey. Elvin, this isn't your interview.

MICHELLE: What does it mean that you have diabetes?

WINNIE: I don't know.

MICHELLE: Do you know? Does your pancreas work?

A blue graphic slides onscreen to the lower left.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Winnie LeGault

Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes


MICHELLE: What doesn't your pancreas do?

WINNIE: It doesn't give me insulin.

The graphic fades and another graphic slides onscreen on its place.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Michelle LeGault

Winne's mom

MICHELLE: Do you ever feel sad that you have to wear a pump?

The graphic fades.

WINNIE: Mm-hmm, 'cause, like, one time I was sad that no ballerinas or princesses wear pumps.

Michelle points to a picture in the scrapbook.

MICHELLE: This is the weekend before you were diagnosed, and you were looking a little bit sad. You weren't feeling very good.

Winnie rests her head on a table while a woman clicks an insulin needle. Photographs show Winnie as a baby lying on a hospital bed hooked up to oxygen and an IV. Michelle speaks in voiceover.

MICHELLE: And I asked that they check her blood sugar. She was off the charts. They called an ambulance, had her sent to Saint Paul. She went to the pediatric intensive care.

David addresses the camera from the couch.

DAVID: When you don't know anything, it's just, you know, your child has this disease, and it's for life, you know? Like, there isn't--there isn't a cure for this.

Winnie, in her ballerina outfit, struggles as Michelle tries to deliver an insulin shot.

WINNIE: I don't want that.

MICHELLE: I know you don't.

David speaks to the camera.

DAVID: You know, the only solution-- this was before we had a pump-- is, you know, giving her 10 to 12 shots every single day.

A photograph shows Winnie sleeping as a baby. In the living room, she points to various items in an insulin kit.

WINNIE: Strips, meter, lancet.

David speaks to the camera.

DAVID: For those first two years of diabetes, I don't think either of us ever got more than four or five uninterrupted hours of sleep.

White text appears onscreen over a series of shots. In the background, Michelle clicks the needle and Winnie waits for the shot. The text fades, and a close-up shows the new glucose monitor attached to Winnie's arm.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Last year, that all changed when

Winnie got a

continuous glucose monitor (CGM),

which provides real time data of

her glucose levels.

Now Winnie and Michelle sit at the table in front of the scrapbook.

MICHELLE: Other than a pump, what else do you wear?


MICHELLE: A CGM. What does that do?

WINNIE: Talks to my pump.

Michelle displays the glucose monitor to the camera as she speaks. Winnie rests her head against a chair with another girl. The CGM is attached to her arm.

MICHELLE: We have peace of mind of knowing that, like, we can check in remotely and view her blood sugars. And then her teachers know that if she's going high or low, there's an alarm that will go off to tell them that.

She and Winnie sit with the scrapbook.

MICHELLE: But do you wear it when you sleep?


MICHELLE: Yeah. Do you wear it when you ride your bike?


MICHELLE: Do you wear it at school?


MICHELLE: Yeah, you always wear it.

Michelle and Winnie play with a dollhouse in their living room as Michelle speaks in voiceover. Other girls dance in the background. A close-up shows the CGM on Winnie's arm.

MICHELLE: The CGM, those transmitters are good for six months, and then you need a new one. And they are not cheap.

White text appears onscreen over an image of Winnie patting the CGM on her arm.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Winnie's family was given a grant to help

cover the costs of the CGM

from the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

Michelle addresses the camera from the couch.

MICHELLE: If we hadn't had the grant, I don't know if we would have done this. So having the CGM allows us to see those patterns so that we can, like, be more proactive and not just play defense all the time but play better offense.

She continues in voiceover and she and Winnie examine the CGM readout together on Michelle's phone.

MICHELLE: Like, now she could go sleep over at a friend's house, and we can view her numbers remotely.

Elvin and Winnie dance in the den as David speaks in voiceover. Another girls joins them.

DAVID: Being able to see her numbers even when we're not there I think just gives us a lot of peace of mind.

Michelle leaps and twirls in slow motion. The scene fades to white, and the blue UnitedHealthcare logo appears in center screen.

ON SCREEN TEXT: UnitedHealthcare®