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Walking to cure Juvenile Diabetes

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Most kids worry about homework and monsters under their bed. But kids who came to Rotary Park Saturday for the annual Walk for a Cure have worse things to worry about, like pricking their finger and checking their insulin pump.

Little Grace Neal suffers from the disease but doesn't let it get her down, "I have diabetes, sometimes it makes me feel sad and sometimes it makes me feel happy."

Today was one of those happy days for Grace.

Ben Lillie, a representative for Accu-Check sees the bad days all too often, "kids who are testing often, testing a lot, pain is a big issue, sticking yourself, no one wants to do it"

Corporate and Family groups took a three mile stroll along the River Walk. They raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and created awareness for the disease.

"People care about them and that they came out to not only have fun with them, but to give them money for research. To help find a cure, so they no longer have to prick their fingers or give themselves injections or wear that pump everyday," says Stephanie Callahan, JDRF board member.

Callahan's son suffers from type one diabetes and she says the annual walk is an important when it comes to comes to building self esteem.

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