Inspired by a classmate, fifth graders in Mrs. Buswell’s and Mr. Winchester’s classes at the Malletts Bay School raised over $1,000 to join the fight against juvenile diabetes.
The students learned more about the disease and the ways in which it affects their peers before reaching out to the community for support for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) Walk-a-Thon.
Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, about 215,000 young people under twenty years of age have diabetes, most of whom have type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. As obesity rates in children continue to soar, type 2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively—and that used to be seen primarily in adults over age 45—is becoming more common in young people.
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