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Making a difference: Seven Islander youths raise thousands to find a cure for juvenile diabetes
By Reporter staff
At the annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge event on May 20, the goal for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was clear: to raise more than $1.13 million to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Seven Mercer Island children, all of whom have Type I diabetes, participated in this year’s Beat the Bridge and together raised $61,895.
The Islanders included:
Since the first Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes race in 1983, Nordstrom has partnered with the JDRF to find a cure for diabetes and its related complications through the support of research. More than $.83 of every dollar JDRF receives goes toward research.
Each year, more than 30,000 new cases of juvenile diabetes are diagnosed, according to the JDRF. Diabetes affects more than 21 million people in the United States, a large and growing percentage of whom are children. The disease and its complications cost more than $182 billion dollars each year and touch as many as 25 percent of all Americans. Juvenile (Type I) Diabetes differs from adult-onset Type II diabetes. Most people affected by Type I diabetes are otherwise healthy and of a healthy weight when onset occurs. Diet and exercise cannot reverse or prevent Type I diabetes.
For more information about Beat the Bridge, visit www.beatthebridge.org. For more information on diabetes and JDRF’s fight to find a cure, visit www.jdrf.org.