Arbuckle Elementary Walks for Juvenile Diabetes

Arbuckle Elementary 5th grader, Carson Scott, sits surrounded by local JDRF donation cards. Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10. He hopes by raising funds with JDRF will one day provide a cure for the disease.
Arbuckle Elementary 5th grader, Carson Scott, sits surrounded by local JDRF donation cards. Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10. He hopes by raising funds with JDRF will one day provide a cure for the disease.

The students at Arbuckle Elementary School (AES) held a walk recently to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).

The event wasn’t stifled by the onset of rain; instead, students walked around the covered areas of the school, all to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

The walk was started after one student in the school was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

“Our son, Carson, was diagnosed at the age of 10,” said Christina Scott, the mother of the AES Student diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

“It has been a challenge,” said Scott. “Type 1 Diabetes is hard to control, and it’s an entirely different way of life.”

Scott explained in addition to checking blood sugar levels several times a day, they always have to make sure they have supplies wherever they go.

“Blood sugars are so unpredictable,” said Scott. “They can be influenced by stress, exercise, adrenaline, and a growing child’s hormones.”

With the help of technology, things are simpler, but not easier.

“When we are not around Carson, we worry,” said Scott. “We closely monitor his blood sugars all the time, most especially at night. He has a CGM [Continuous Glucose Monitor] that has helped manage. It checks his blood every few minutes, and we can follow his readings through a connected phone application.

Until there is a cure, Scott said it’s a constant struggle to keep Carson’s blood sugar in a range high enough to help with blood sugar drops, but low enough to be healthy.

“We hope that by raising the money for JDRF, Carson will one day say he ‘used to have diabetes,’” said Scott.

The school raised just over $3,900 for the walk, and donations are still coming in.

“We had a goal to raise over $5,000,” said Scott. “We did well for our first year.”

Scott commented that students would be turning in donations throughout the week; however, donations can still be made online through Nov. 15. Visit www2.jdrf.org/goto/arbuckle to make a donation.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The organization has led the search for a cure for T1D since its founding in 1970. In those days, people commonly called the disease “juvenile diabetes” because it was frequently diagnosed in, and strongly associated with, young children.

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