JDRF One Walk — the fight against Type 1 Diabetes

The 2nd annual JDRF One Walk will take place in Rapid City on April 27.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications. Right now there is no cure, but some local people are advocating for the fight against type 1 diabetes…

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes and an estimated 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed each year. Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to the disease.

JDRF Walk

JDRF One Walk

Just by looking, you couldn’t tell these 3rd grade boys have type 1 diabetes — they do all the same things their peers get to do…

Gus VonHaden, a 3rd grader with Type 1 Diabetes, says, “I can eat anything. I can do anything, but when I eat we have to count the carbs and then I get dosed. Now I have to take a lot more shots and other things.”

Camden Cline, another 3rd grader with Type 1 Diabetes, says, “When I was around five and six I played baseball and soccer for a couple years and now I’m just playing baseball. I hunt and I snowboard and I fish during the summer.”

Gus VonHaden & Camden Cline

But the moment they were diagnosed, their lives did change and a new normal preceded for their families as well.

Morgan VonHaden, JDRF One Walk Volunteer, says, “So it’s a lot of finger pokes and a lot of body pokes. And we hear comments like, “Oh I could never do that. Well it’s not really a choice because he can do everything and anything. We just get to add an extra step to it.”

Christy Cline, JDRF One Walk coordinator, says, “And yes you very quickly learn a new normal. One thing our pediatrician at the time Dr. Mortimer told us is that he will be the same little boy that I had planned he’d ever be … We’ve been very lucky and he’s done everything he has wished to do.”

Diabetes Pump

Camden Cline

The parents want to raise awareness and funds for Type 1 diabetes by hosting a JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation) One Walk. Walkers, volunteers and sponsors raise money to make living with Type 1 Diabetes safer and healthier, until it is no longer a threat.

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D.

Cline says, “It definitely helps with the research for the technology and hopefully one day a cure. We can only hope for a cure, because insulin is not a cure, but it allows him to live. So without insulin, Type 1 diabetes would be a death sentence.”

The JDRF One Walk will be held on April 27 at General Beadle. Everyone is welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

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