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Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 8:41am Age: 1 year
Category: Otisville Elementary, District


Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (TD1) face a care-intensive disease they will never outgrow—unless a cure if found.

In solidarity with these children, including our own students affected by TD1, Otisville Elementary organizes an annual Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes on the Mount Hope Park trail.

Our annual TD1 awareness campaign begins in early October with a school assembly. Students learn about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity. Over the course of the next two weeks, the school community raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) using commemorative paper-sneakers.

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 21, a motivated crowd turned out for Otisville’s 10th annual Walk for a Cure. Leading the way were three students with TD1: fifth graders Allie and Allison, and second grader Zachary.

"The students love the walk and the program, and they are eager to show support for their peers with TD1,” said Stephanie Giufre, physical education teacher and program organizer.

Over the last 10 years, our school community has raised over $80,000 for JDRF, the leading charitable juvenile diabetes research worldwide. Ms. Giufre is confident this year’s fundraising goal of $10,000 will be easily met. OES is the top JDRF fundraising school in the Hudson Valley.


A round of thanks and applause to all participants and donors!