May 092013

Florence Roche elementary school is sponsoring a fundraising walk on Friday 10th May to raise money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Students, faculty, and friends will be circling the track behind the school all day, rain or shine.

Sarah Webb writes in an email announcing the event:

“My daughter Hannah is a 4th grader at FloRo and is a type 1 diabetic; she has helped organize the walk along with the staff. Looks like it is going to be a real fun event!

Florence Roche Elementary School will be participating in the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes on Friday May 10th.

Every year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. That is 40 children each day.

Our daughter Hannah Webb is a fourth grade student at Florence Roche. Just like any other 10-year-old she enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and having a fun time. However, her life is different as she has Type I Diabetes.

Hannah was diagnosed with diabetes when she was two years old. Since then, she has been living her daily life on an insulin pump and testing her blood sugar by pricking her fingers for blood about six times a day.

Finding a cure and raising awareness is very important to us as a family, and more importantly, for Hannah and other children with Type I Diabetes.

Hannah approached her school, with the idea of participating in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Kids Walk To Cure Diabetes. The school principal, Mr. Russell Hoyt, and assistant principal, Mrs. Elizabeth Garden were on board with the program from the start and Mrs. Patti Starbird, the school gym teacher, has been outstanding in organizing the walk. The support from both staff and kids has been overwhelming. There is a real buzz about the walk. The walk will be a fun event with kids encouraged to wear “crazy hair” and a great way to see “Kids Helping Kids”.

If you would like to make a donation to help Hannah and her classmates, you can contribute safely and securely online here or send a check made payable to JDRF to:
Florence Roche School
342 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450″