5/1/2013 9:03:00 AM Walk or run, GHMS students raise money for diabetes research
Glassford Hill Middle School teacher Diana Campbell, left, and her son, Christopher, who has Type 1 Diabetes, walk with seventh-graders Tad Martin, Caitlyn Dalpiaz and Aspyn Walters. The Walkathon raised $1,068 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Courtesy Photo/Dee Oskerson
Ricky Ayala, Glassford Hill Middle School eighth-grader, didn't get the memo about the walkathon; he ran 42 laps around the track for a total of 10.5 miles to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Diana Campbell, GHMS teacher, organized the school-wide walkathon because her son, Christopher, a fourth-grader at Liberty Traditional School, is diabetic.
"He is always trying to get us to help raise money to find a cure," Campbell said.
After AIMS testing finished up on Friday, April 19, students headed outside to the track and started walking.
They raised $1,068 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by walking a total of 3,276 laps, or about 820 miles, Campbell said. GHMS Principal Terry Matteson pledged a penny a lap for all student walkers/runners in the hour-and-a-half event.
The Foundation's mission is to raise find a cure and to raise awareness about diabetes and its complications. They accomplish this through raising money to support research. The JDRF Kids Walk program is an educational, in-school fundraising program with two goals: to educate students about Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and to provide them with an opportunity to make a difference by raising money for research.