Thousands Walk In Sioux Falls For Type 1 Diabetes Cure

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More than 42,000 South Dakotans live with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and that number continues to climb.

That’s why Diabetes research is now more important than ever.

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes was held Saturday in Sioux Falls to help raise money for that research.

Thousands of South Dakotans are raising money for critically needed Type 1 Diabetes research and showing their support for the millions of people affected by the serious disease.

Maddie McElroy is one of 1.25 million Americans, including both children and adults that have Type 1 Diabetes.

She was first diagnosed at the age of seven.

“When we were going on a trip, I was drinking so much water that we had to take so many bathroom breaks,” said McElroy. “And my parents finally figured out that, ‘Okay, something is wrong.’ So I went and got my blood drawn. The results were kind of funky so I went into the ER and then I was diagnosed with Diabetes.”

McElroy loves to sing, dance and act.

And the 14-year-old says she won’t let her disease get in the way of doing what she loves most.

“Sometimes with my Diabetes, it kind of takes away from doing activities like that,” said McElroy. “But for the most part, I can deal with it and do what a normal teenager can do.”

When she’s not involved in extra-curricular activities, she’s advocating for Type 1 Diabetes research…by participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Sioux Falls…..

“Every step you take is like one step further to being closer to a cure for Diabetes,” said McElroy. “It’s just the most wonderful feeling ever.”

….and by speaking with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C.

“I’m going to be going up and talking with the senators about why Type 1 Diabetes research is important,” said McElroy. “And how we can stop it and find a cure for it.”

McElroy says it’s these things that will help prevent others from living through the struggles of Diabetes.

“I want them to be able to not have to go through the needles, the poking, and the feeling horrible after a high or low blood sugar,” said McElroy. “I want them to feel not sick.”

$180,000 was raised through Saturday’s walk.

The organization is still trying to reach their goal of $220,000. You can make a donation by following the link: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/Chapter-MinnDakotas4316?fr_id=4758&pg=entry