Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
Nearly 40 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every day. To help combat this disease, Cherry Lane Elementary School students will walk together for the 15th consecutive year in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes on Thursday, May 20 at the Cherry Lane Elementary School in Carle Place.
The walk began at Cherry Lane when a student was diagnosed with diabetes. The school was committed to supporting the student and since its inception, Cherry Lane has raised nearly $100,000 for JDRF.
“Watching the students walk through the school and school grounds with such enthusiasm and excitement for helping those with diabetes is what really makes this event special,” said Betsy Paffman, PTA Committee Chair. “The students have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment that shows they are truly supportive of the cause.”
The event kicks off with a visit from a JDRF representative who shares information about diabetes, healthy eating and exercise habits in addition to how the funds raised through the walk support JDRF; it is followed by the students, staff and PTA members walking throughout the school and on the school grounds
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. JDRF sets the global agenda for diabetes research and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for diabetes science worldwide.
To make a donation on behalf of the Cherry Lane students call 631-414-1126 or visit www.jdrf.org/longisland.