Gracie Mathes, 7, decided to get a team together for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk in May.
Gracie’s stepmom, Marti Mathes, has Type 1 Diabetes. Marti has seen the walk advertised at doctor visits and has a friend who participated in the walk before. Gracie is well aware of how Type 1 Diabetes affects a person’s life so she decided she wanted to use the JDRF Walk as a way to help people.
“I wanted to help people who don’t have enough money to get the stuff that they need,” said Gracie.
Gracie wants to get a team of “as many as possible” together and her financial goal is to raise $1,000.
She plans to accomplish her goals with the help of her stepmom.
“We’re going to ask people if they want to give money to people who don’t have enough money to get their stuff for diabetes,” said Gracie.
Marti is proud of the initiative that Gracie is taking and how she wants to help people.
“She’s only 7 and she’s very knowledgeable on my health problems. She just wants a cure for everything,” said Marti.
Type 1 Diabetes can occur at any age but is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. The pancreas produces little to no insulin and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing (Beta) cells in the pancreas. It is an autoimmune disease.
Type 1 Diabetics must inject themselves with insulin several times a day or continually inject insulin through a pump and manage diet and exercise habits. The insulin regulates and controls blood sugar.
The JDRF Walk will take place 8 to 10 a.m. May 12 at the Iowa State Fair Grounds and is 1 mile in length.
To register for the walk and be on Gracie’s team, go to www2.jdrf.org, look up Gracie for Marti team. Checks can also be written for the team and sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. T-shirts for the team can be purchased by contacting Marti before Feb. 1, and all proceeds to go the JDRF. For more information, T-shirt orders or questions, contact Marti at firstname.lastname@example.org.