National Honor Society met Monday, Oct. 15, for a presentation on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Marianne Corocoran, a Kids Walk Coordinator for JDRF, presented a powerpoint about JDRF to members of NHS. Her powerpoint included information about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the goal of JDRF–to one day find a cure for diabetes.
Cororcoran’s most important point in her presentation was that people with diabetes look exactly like people without diabetes. Corocoran gave NHS students rubber bands to put around their wrists during a demonstration to show how often people with diabetes have to check their blood sugar. She went through a regular school day of a person with diabetes, and each time that person checked his blood sugar students would snap their rubber bands against their wrists.
Not only did the demonstration emphasize how prominent diabetes are in some people’s lives, it showed how incessant life with diabetes is–people with diabetes must constantly check their blood sugar, administer injections, and be careful with what they eat. For those who chose to take shots instead of having an insulin pump, they must give themselves seven shots each day.
JDRF is hosting a Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion on Nov. 10. Students who raise $50 in donations will receive one hour of community service, and those who participate in the walk will receive three hours of community service.
Rachel Radulovich, senior and NHS historian, approves of NHS’ effort to support people with diabetes and their service oriented approach.
“JDRF is an important organization. Diabetes is really prominent in high school, and it is good for students to help out their peers with this walk, as well as receive some community service hours,” said Radulovich.
Emily Patton, senior and NHS member, agrees.
“It’s great that NHS is helping out JDRF,” said Patton.
Considering NHS members need 30 hours of community service, walking to support JDRF is definitely a great way to fulfill some of those hours.