Three years ago seven year old Ashley Pratt was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Like most parents, Ashley’s parents want her - and other diabetic children - to live a normal life. They started “Donations for Diabetes,” non-profit organization, to help spread awareness and find a cure for this disease. This month Donations for Diabetes will host its third annual “Downhill for Diabetes.”
American Diabetes Wholesale (ADW), a mail order company that is dedicated to keeping diabetes management affordable, has committed to be a major sponsor for the ‘Downhill For Diabetes’ fundraiser for the second year in a row. The 24 February event will be held at Pico Mountain Resort, in Killington, Vermont, which is celebrating 75 years of operation.
‘We are excited to once again be a major sponsor for the ‘Downhill For Diabetes’ event. ‘Donations for Diabetes’ is a fantastic team and we applaud their efforts to raise public awareness about Type 1 diabetes,’ says Chris Maguire, Vice-President and co-founder of ADW.
The day-long event begins at 8 a.m. and will include skiing and snowboarding with the focus of raising awareness and funds for diabetes research. The event is similar to a charity walk or run, in that the skiers and snowboarders participating in the event will seek donations from businesses, family, and friends. All of the proceeds collected during the event will go directly towards researching a cure for diabetes. The mountain will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day of the event.
The 2013 event is the third “Downhill For Diabetes” run and their goal is to surpass the 2012 donation total of $14,500.00. The first event, held in 2011, raised $8,500.
‘I want to thank American Diabetes Wholesale for their generous donation and wonderful support for our event for the second year in a row! Every amount donated makes us that much closer to helping our daughter and all the other people who suffer from this disease. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’ says Lynn Pratt, co-founder of Donation for Diabetes.
Donation for Diabetes was founded in 2010 by Ashely’s parents - Lynn and Bradley Pratt. For more information about ‘Downhill For Diabetes’ or to make a donation, visit http://www.donationsfordiabetes.org
Type 1 diabetes is normally diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence, although it can occur at any age. In Type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that one in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes. In the United States alone, over 25 million men, women and children have diabetes.
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