Willoughby Middle School, located in Ohio, recently held a dance-a-thon to raise funds for fighting juvenile diabetes, according to area newspaper The News-Herald.1 This was the first event of its kind at the school, and 120 junior high students participated to raise a total of $7,500 to help find a cure for the disease. Currently, six students attending the school are diabetic. This event offered a chance for classmates to show support for their friends, and they also raised awareness of a need for further research on putting an end to Type 1 diabetes in children.
At the school
Kids who participated in the fundraising did much more than dance. There were other activities planned throughout the evening, including a Halloween hour in which participants were able to dress up and get on their feet to the popular song "Thriller."
"I came because I wanted to make a difference," Skylar Bertolette told the source.
There was a great deal of support from students and parents at the school. Those who put on the event were thrilled with the turnout.
"It's nice to know that there are people out in the community who care," Kim Miozzi, a lead parent coordinator, explained to The News-Herald.
And the funds raised by the participants were much higher than the $35 goal those who organized the activity anticipated.
About juvenile diabetes
While many children suffer from Type 1 diabetes, it is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. This is a medical condition in which a child's pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin to the body. As a result, kids need to obtain the hormone in other ways.2 Parents with children who are insulin dependent need to monitor their blood sugar levels, count their carbohydrates and learn how to give them injections.
1 The News-Herald, "Willoughby Middle School dances to end juvenile diabetes" October 28, 2013
2 Mayo Clinic, "Type 1 diabetes in children" March 3, 2011