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1,800 plus walkers pound the pavement to raise money for type one diabetes research

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POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:04pm

LSU’s campus filled up with walkers Saturday morning to help raise money for type one diabetes research.

The JDRF, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, hosted it’s annual walk to cure diabetes event.

Participants of all ages walked the 2.5 mile course.

One participant 10-year-old Blake Stone lives with type one diabetes.

"It's hard for me to have any type of food,” said Stone. “I have to have a certain amount of food."

Blake's mom Michelle does her best to make sure he stays healthy, but Michelle says it's not always easy.

"We Try to help him at parties with friends trying to keep in a little normalcy to his life as much as possible despite everything that he has to go through," said Michelle Stone.

They make up part of Blake's Team Rolling stone. Dozens of teams took part in the race including the Ellison family.

16-year-old Ben Ellison says being diabetic plays a role in every part of his life.

“It requires so much responsibility to be diabetic,” said Ellison. “You have to make sure you're always on top of your game checking you blood sugar multiple times a day and constantly being aware of how you feel and just making sure you're always prepared for just anything that could happen to you.”

According to the JDRF website type one diabetes is “A autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin.” So far there is no cure.

"We need to find a cure for these kids,” said Stone. “They can't live like this the rest of their lives."

Abby Hamilton with the JDRF says in Louisiana diabetes is a big problem.

"In Louisiana alone ten percent of our population approximately has type one or type two diabetes,” said Hamilton. “Of that ten percent one percent is type one."

Hamilton says the JDRF wants raise up to 370 thousand dollars from this year’s walk. The money collected goes toward researching ways to help kids like Blake and Ben.

“I think events like this really help with awareness,” said Ben Ellison. “I think it's just great that a bunch of people come out here and support.”

Michelle stone says she's glad to see so many people show up to support the cause, because she knows how difficult a type one diabetics journey can be.

"He's my hero he puts up with a lot it's very hard for him on a daily basis, but he's such a trooper,” said Stone. “I'm so proud of him."

The JDRF says, “Today, as many as 3 million Americans have T1D. Each year, 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with T1D in the United States. Additionally, studies have shown that Americans with diabetes incur medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher than those incurred by Americans without diabetes.”

To learn more about the JDRF click here.

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