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Diabetes Diplomats: Heroes with Heart

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Ardsley Middle School

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Spin for a Cure

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Blair County Walk & Family Fun Day

Diabetes Diplomats
Scotland Elementary School

Diabetes Diplomats of all ages are raising funds for the DRI in many parts of the country and even around the world. Their projects are unique, but their goal is shared. How will YOU help the DRI move closer to a cure?  Email TomKarlya@DRIF.org today, and you too can Be the Hero!

Ardsley Middle School Eighth Graders Samantha Chong, Kruti Sutaria, Karen Jiang, Jared Smith and Jack Cassara, shown (l-r) with their teacher, Jeff Allese, won a business challenge in social studies class with their best-selling swag eyeglasses.  Under the advice of Smith, whose grandfather passed away from complications of diabetes, they chose to donate the revenue from all of the projects in the class to the DRI. 

Siblings Jesse, Jake and Ally Rosenberg organized Spin for Cure for the second year. This time their methods evolved from collecting donations by hand to creating a page on the Diabetes Diplomats website. Nearly three dozen supporters spun for a cure alongside them, including their proud parents, Greg (far left) and Denise Rosenberg (right.) Also pictured is Tania Marrero (far right), the class instructor.

Benefiting the DRI for the fifth year and appropriately held on Mother’s Day Weekend, the Blair County Diabetes Walk & Family Fun Day was founded by Lisa Treese and continues to be organized by her and other moms of kids with type 1 diabetes. What started with one family and one school has grown to include the participation of three schools and 23 teams - 23 families whose bond won’t be broken and whose efforts raised $17,000! This year the funds coming to the DRI from Blair County, PA, nearly doubled with a consecutive event called Float for Charity. Nearly 650 people paddled ten miles, raising another $15,000!

A group of students at Scotland Elementary School in CT decided to show their peers what it feels like to have type 1 diabetes in your life: mixed up! They organized a Crazy Dress Up Day to raise funds for the DRI and educated their schoolmates at an assembly. Pictured (l-r) with DRIF VP Tom Karlya and Principal Mark Solomon are: Jeffrey, Max, James, Sarah, Julia and Patrick, some of whom have type 1 diabetes and some whom are their siblings. 

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