Students at Star Hill Elementary School are fundraising to help diabetes research

Star Hill students will go about raising money to fund diabetic research with a special fun walk Tuesday, April 24.

It is in addition to the more organized, national events held in September and October, said Kat Weldon, development coordinator for JDRF Delaware Chapter.

“The kids walk program is pretty much a separate program we gear toward the schools,” Weldon said. “But we’ve also used it for summer camps and for businesses who do fundraising.”

The walk will culminate Star Hill students’ two-week effort to canvass family and friends, she said.

“It’s really just to celebrate and thank them for all they’ve done.”

Many children today have an awareness of diabetes because of television or perhaps because a parent or grandparent has the condition.

“But they may not understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, and they may not know one of their friends, someone their age, is dealing with Type 1,” Weldon said.

“I’ve had children say, ‘My friend has this thing on his arm, and now I know why.’

“Many times, this is the kids’ first introduction to philanthropic efforts, and it helps explain to them how our research and doctors are trying to make advances with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. The participation is quite refreshing, and it’s great to see them rallying around their peers,” Weldon said.