This year, JDRF is excited to shine the Kids Walk Student Spotlight on three fantastic students! Read on to see how they raised big dollars for T1D research and had lots of fun along the way!

Student Spotlight: Mia

Mia-M_KW-FY16-Student-Spotlight.pngMia M. is a fourth grade student at Cox Elementary in Texas who really stepped up to help make her school’s Kids Walk a success. As the school campaign kicked-off, Mia bravely shared her T1D story with each grade level. She answered some pretty tough emotional questions and eagerly showed all the students her “T1D gear” such as her insulin pump and blood glucose meter. Back at home, Mia worked with her mom to create a personal webpage at where she shared her story via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Mia’s dad helped by hosting a lunch at work and collecting donations from co-workers. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cox Elementary raised $9,745 and Mia raised $2,700 of that total! “Mia is a great role model for those living with T1D”, says Liza Dubinsky of JDRF. Yes, she is - great job and thank you, Mia!

Student Spotlight: Tyrese

Tyrese_KW FY16 Student Spotlight_400 x 256 (1).jpgTyrese B. is an eighth grade student at Moore Traditional School in Kentucky. During the 2014-2015 school year, Tyrese pitched the idea for a JDRF basketball tournament as a fundraiser to his health teacher, Mr. Tim Amshoff. Tyrese worked very hard to help Mr. Amshoff with the tournament and over $1,200 was raised! Jeramie Irwin of JDRF says, “Tyrese is an excellent student and tremendous young man who is dedicated to finding a cure for T1D. This fundraiser wouldn’t have happened without his passion and initiative to engage teachers and students at school.” Awesome work - thank you, Tyrese!

Student Spotlight: Carter

Carter_KW FY16 Student Spotlight_400 x 256 (1).jpgCarter F. is a first grader at Hometown Elementary in Illinois. Carter and his family have been involved with the JDRF Illinois Chapter for three years. Last year they worked to get a Kids Walk started at Hometown. With his mom and dad’s help, Carter shared his story with classmates and got everyone excited about the Kids Walk. Carter’s dad, a police officer, was able to work with the local fire department to get them to bring Carter to the Kids Walk on a fire truck. This turned the event into a community-wide effort! Over the past two years, Hometown has raised over $7,500 to support T1D research with Carter and his family, friends, teachers and classmates leading the way. Congratulations and thank you, Carter!

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