Irving College Elementary students showed their support for diabetes awareness by putting their hats on for the cause. They raised $119 that will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Spearheading the hat-wearing event was Lucas Holt, with support from the school’s student council. Students gave 50 cents to wear a hat for the day.
Lucas is the son of local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer Julie Holt.
“Lucas was diagnosed at age 5 with type 1 diabetes,” said Julie. “He wanted to have a hat day at school to benefit JDRF and give the Beta Club a charity to donate to. Lucas wants to find a cure before he reaches adulthood and doesn’t want others to have to go through the hardships that type 1 diabetes causes.”
Approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed each year with type 1 diabetes. The illness is an auto immune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It can strike at any age.
Julie says she got involved in JDRF as a way to find support after her son was diagnosed and she likes that the organization has funded more research for diabetes than any other charity.
“JDRF was founded in 1970 and is setting the agenda for type 1 diabetes research worldwide,” she said. “They have funded more research for diabetes than any other charity in the world. In a very short time, they have made significant progress toward our ultimate goal of a cure.”
The organization has provided more than $1.5 billion for research since 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. This the second year Irving College has shown its support for Lucas the other children with type 1 diabetes. In 2011, the school raised $132 for him and JDRF.