The students are sponsoring a “Walk to Cure Diabetes” event on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at the 1500 Building on the Sumiton campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The registration fee is $5 per person. The first 100 people to register will get a free T-shirt.
The ADN Class of 2012 began organizing the event as a community outreach project to promote awareness of juvenile diabetes. Proceeds from the event will support juvenile diabetes research and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Participants may register online at jdrfevents.donordrive.com/event/bscc or on the Sumiton campus the morning of the event.
Alicia Murray, an ADN student at Bevill-Sumiton, came up with the idea for the event.
“I am an LPN (licensed practical nurse) and had worked with a young man with juvenile diabetes,” she said. “He was really the inspiration behind the walk.”
Bailey Norris, a 13-year-old student at Corner Middle School, was that young man and he will serve as the event’s grand marshal.
“Bailey has battled diabetes for some time, and there are many children in this area with the disease,” Murray said. “This is a small thing that we can do to try to raise funds to come up with a cure for juvenile diabetes.”
Murray said the group’s goal for the event is to raise $2,500.
According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, diabetes is a disorder of the body’s immune system causing the body to have problems protecting itself from viruses or bacteria. Juvenile diabetes, most commonly known as type 1 diabetes, occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells that produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move glucose from food into cells for energy. When the beta cells are destroyed, insulin cannot be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body. For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin. People with diabetes must also balance food intake and exercise to regulate blood sugar levels.
The warning signs of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness or lethargy, sugar in urine, sudden vision changes, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath, heavy, labored breathing, stupor and unconsciousness.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, has funded more than $1.5 billion in research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
For more information about the “Walk to Cure Diabetes” at Bevill State-Sumiton, contact Alicia Murray at 205-835-6249.