Mayfield Elementary School held a Walk to Cure Type 1 diabetes.
Last year Mayfield was the top school in East Tennessee, raising close to $3,000. This year the school’s total exceeded that and raised $3,800.
There are four students at Mayfield with Type 1 diabetes, which is not caused by poor diet and exercise. Instead it is caused by an autoimmune response which causes the child’s body to destroy the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This leaves the child insulin dependent and requiring constant blood sugar checks every few hours, day and night, followed by shots of insulin to stay alive.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or JDRF, was founded in 1970 by parents of child patients who felt that even though the American Diabetes Association does research, there needed to be more specific look at better treatment options for children, as well as working on a cure to stop the autoimmune response in the first place.
They continue today with parents, family members, and people with Type 1 diabetes themselves on the board to decide how the money raised will be used. JDRF is one of the top nonprofit organizations worldwide with 85 cents of every dollar going directly to research.
The Chattanooga area walk will be held at Coolidge Park on April 18 at 2 p.m.