By Amanda Athens

Special to the Press

"Kids Helping Kids," the simple, yet powerful slogan of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk Programs. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing and improving the lives of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes. The JDRF walk programs are educational, in-school fundraising programs that educate children on Type 1 Diabetes and provide them with the opportunity to make a difference by raising funds.

Over 25 million people suffer from diabetes in the United States, and while most that are diagnosed are children, adults can suffer from the disease as well. Those with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin shots, use an insulin pump, and test their blood sugar by pricking their finger multiple times a day. Although the concept of insulin shots might be hard to explain to a young child, approximately 40 children a day are forced to understand when they are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Insulin isn’t a cure, and those with this disease will never have to stop taking it. But through the JDRF Walk Programs, kids help kids by walking to support their friends and family affected by Type 1 Diabetes.

In April, the Prosper community kicked off their campaign to raise awareness. Walks were held at Cockrell Elementary on April 18 and Folsom Elementary on April 19. With the slogan "In Friendship We Walk to Find a Cure," many friends in the community came out to participate in the cause. 705 students walked at Cockrell Elementary, and 460 walked at Folsom Elementary. These two walks alone raised over $27,000 to support research.

The fight to find a cure is ongoing. You can still help make a difference by supporting students for the next walk at Rogers Middle School on May 16. All funds from the walks go to JDRF to help improve lives and find a cure. Every child that walks is given the unique opportunity to help another kid.

As a community we can raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, and in friendship we can walk to find a cure.