Teacher turns illness into invention

CHICAGO As a kindergarten teacher, she decided she couldn't let diabetes slow her down. So, she and her daughter created a device that helps other diabetics.

Pastor Keeter teaches kindergarten at the Rescue Missionary Christian School.

"I love children. I love children. My kindergarteners, they come to school not even to make out their name. They learn how to do their name. I just see so much greatness in these children," said Pastor Keeter.

Fifteen years ago her life changed dramatically when she had to confront diabetes.

"I cried. I cried. I was sad because I didn't want that in my life. My life was busy," said Pastor Keeter.

Marilyn Keeter is principal of the school her mother founded 28 years ago.

"I knew that I had to be there, to support her, to take one day at a time. It's truly been one day at a time," said Keeter.

This month Pastor Keeter was honored as the grand prize winner of Whirlpools Mother Of Invention Grant Program for creating a temperature controlled case called MEDPACK for keeping insulin cold. As the winner, she receives a $20,000 grant toward setting up her business.

For more information on the MEDPACK, visit jconmedpack.com

Copyright © 2024 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.