At Boynton Elementary, two very special girls have type 1 diabetes and have worked to educate other students in the school about their disease. Toward this end, Caroline Harwood and Jenni Collins and their families decided to enlist the help of friends to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The school held a walk during each grade's physical education class. Students brought in pledges and donations for laps and everyone walked for a cure. This year over $1,500 were raised in support of children with juvenile diabetes. A community walk was held in Chattanooga in April. Boynton had a team representing the school. Their name was “Caroline's Crew.”
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was started in 1970 by parents of children affected by juvenile diabetes. Since it began, the organization has raised over $1.3 billion for diabetes research. The disease is a chronic, debilitating disease that effects all organs of the body. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes is an auto-immune disease that strikes children suddenly, makes them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While diagnosis most often occurs in childhood and adolescence, it can and does strike adults as well. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder most commonly known as adult onset diabetes.