The Pump Girls live in Southern California, the bubbly teenagers: Collen Cottrell, Brittany Rausch, Janelle Munion, and Sara Cronstedt range in age from 12 to 15. They all have Type 1 Diabetes, and met at PADRE (the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation). Pump, refers to a pager size device that administers insulin eliminating the need for injections. The group formed to give back to PADRE, via proceeds from their earnings, what the organization has done for them and others. The PADRE Foundation provides support, education, and financial help for diabetic children, and plan to have branches at every hospital for children in the country. PADRE also provides education and training for parents of diabetic children. H.B. Barnum produced the Pump Girls' CD on Little Star Records. Barnum spearheaded albums for many including Lou Rawls and the O'Jays, and was Holland, Dozier Holland's favorite arranger when they cranked out hits for Motown. In the fifties he sang with the Robins' and had some solo hits. Aided by Walter Johnson, Barnum produced an enjoyable CD that captures the teeny boppers' spirit. They began performing in February of 1998 on shows sponsored by PADRE. From that auspicious beginning they began recording and touring to spread their positive message to more people. Organizers chose the Los Angeles Children's Hospital as the first stop to publicize the release of the Pump Girls' CD. The insulin pump received a boost when Nicole Johnson (Miss America) revealed her device during the pageant, the first national exposure for the Pump. Aided by the Pump, the girls can sing, dance, and live a normal existence. Tours take them places not normally listed on recording artists' itineraries: hospitals, diabetes care centers, and schools. Jackie Teichmann, the Executive Director of PADRE, and Barnums' friend, discovered the Pump Girls. Barnum arranges and conducts for Aretha Franklin, Barry White, and others. One out of every 600 children develops Type 1 diabetes, and afflicted Teens easily become depressed. Via music the Pump Girls hope to motivate diabetes sufferers worldwide.
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