Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Fifteen-year-old Erica Thomas of Wheelersburg knows the difficulty of living with juvenile diabetes. She was diagnosed more than 7 years ago. Now the New Boston student wants to raise public awareness and help collect money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) with a fundraiser at New Boston Stadium this weekend.
“It’s pretty hard having to check my sugar up to six times a day, and my pulse, and if my (insulin) pump breaks sometimes I have to take regular shots when my pump isn’t working. And there are multiple hospital stays, because if I get the flu or something my sugar goes out of control and I end up in the ICU with diabetic keytoacidosis,” Erica said.
She has been thinking about ways she can raise awareness and help others like herself, and it all came together with “Erica’s Walk for a Cure” at the New Boston Stadium, Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“People pay five dollars to walk individually, but if you’re in a group it’s $25, and there will be other things like games for children, face-painting, a chili cook-off, and possibly a battle of the bands,” she said”Every bit of the money is going to the JDRF.”
Even if you don’t want to walk, Erica said, donations will be accepted and appreciated.
New Boston Schools are also helping out by asking students to help collect money for the JRDF. Erica said New Boston students also can have free admission to the fundraiser on Saturday, if they are sponsored by a local business.
After she graduates, Erica said she wants to study to become an pediatric endocrinologist to help other children with juvenile diabetes.
For more information about the fundraiser, find them on Facebook under the title, “Erica’s Walk for a Cure.”
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.