Thursday, September 15, 2016

Luncheon Planned to Raise Funds for Diabetes Research

A fundraising luncheon, for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk (JDRF), is planned for Sept. 30.

The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 1101 N. Wheeler Ave., in Sallisaw.

The luncheon offers a baked potato with a choice of toppings such as butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon and green onions, tea, lemonade or water, and a cookie for $7. Diners may eat in, carry out, or order for delivery. To-go and carry-out orders must be placed by Sept. 28.

To place an order contact Heather Duvall Anderson at 918-774-4415.

Anderson, whose two children have type 1 diabetes (T1D), said the potato luncheon is raising money for the research foundation. She and her family plan to participate in the JDRF One Walk for T1D on Oct. 22 in Fayetteville, Ark.

“Our team is the Seth & Sayde team and is called 2 Too Sweet,” Anderson said. “Anyone who wants to walk with us is invited.”

The basic goal is for each team to raise $2,000, and many teams set their goals higher.

Anderson said the research is developing new tools to combat T1D, and her own children wear continuous glucose monitors that report to her android cell phone. The newest research is working on an artificial pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. With T1D, the pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means the patient must constantly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin from a pump and carefully monitor their eating and activity every single day.

There is nothing to be done to prevent T1D, and, currently, there is no cure. But the JDRF One Walk has that one single goal—creating a world without T1D.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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