Students Walk to Raise Money for Diabetes Research

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More than 300 Cherry Lane Elementary School kindergarten through second-grade students walked around their school to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on May 20.

This is the 19th year that Cherry Lane Elementary School students have walked to raise money for JDRF, collecting a total of $100,000 over the years. The students collected an estimated $2,500 from friends and family this year.

According to Carle Place resident Betsy Paffmann, JDRF outreach manager, the school hosts the walk with the help of PTA volunteers thanks to the vision of her son, who has juvenile diabetes.

Aside from walking for a cure for diabetes, students are also educated about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at an assembly held a few days prior to the walk, Paffmann said. “They learn about the differences in the two types of diabetes and learn that they are helping other kids just like them,” she said.

Cherry Lane Principal Marilyn Manfredi said the annual JDRF walk is a project that brings students, parents and teachers together. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to raise funds for JDRF,” she said.