Students at Oswego County BOCES kicked off a fundraising initiative March 28 by learning a bit more about Type 1 diabetes (T1D), a chronic condition that they hope to eliminate by raising money for a cure.
The efforts were spearheaded by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club to support one of its own members, an 11-year-old hard-of-hearing student who also battles T1D.
Teresa Thompson, of Oswego, was diagnosed with T1D two years ago and her peers and BOCES personnel have rallied behind her to raise funds for JDRF, the leading global organization for T1D research.
“We do a community service project with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club every year,” said Nancy Cooper, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Oswego County BOCES. “It’s nice to be able to give back to a cause that directly impacts one of our students.”
As part of the kickoff event, students in exceptional education, public safety and justice, and multi-occupations programs had an opportunity to view a presentation about the two forms of diabetes.
JDRF development assistant and Kids Walk coordinator Katie Mauro was on hand to explain more about the less common T1D.
“Type 1 is not contagious … and you can’t get it from eating too much sugar. It is an autoimmune disease where your pancreas does not produce insulin,” she said. “It never goes away.”
Although there is no cure today, Mauro noted that there are continuous advancements in the treatment of T1D, and fundraisers like the one sponsored by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are major contributors to fund the groundbreaking research.
Students at Oswego County BOCES will conduct a smaller-scale walk at the Mexico campus at 9 a.m. April 11. The public Kids Walk will take place at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact Tammy Seymour, Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher.
Seymour can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 591-0657.