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Hundreds join annual walk to cure diabetes

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds of people on Daniel Island rallied behind those with diabetes Sunday afternoon.

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the disease is the 7th leading cause of death in South Carolina.

It takes a team to fight a disease that affects so many.

12-year-old Caroline Welborn said, "I'm excited to have fun again, because I've done this for a long time."

Caroline has been battling Type 1 Diabetes for as long as she could remember.

"Since I was 16-months-old," said Caroline.

Her team of family and friends from all over the country came out to support her during this year's Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Nearly 800 laced up for a good cause.

"I volunteered because my son Jay is 10-years-old and he was diagnosed 8 years ago at 2-years-old," said event volunteer Paige Kuehmeier.

A lot of times, the disease affects children and young adults.

Kuehmeier said, "Awareness is such and important part of type 1 because you need people around you to understand it to understand the signs of when you might be in need of some type of help."

People with Type 1 Diabetes don't produce enough insulin. It's a hormone everyone needs to break down food into energy.

"It's destroying the organs in their bodies," said Dana Bruce, executive director of the Palmetto chapter of JDRF.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, also known as JDRF put on the walk to raise money.

"We are the largest funder of type one diabetes research worldwide outside of the U.S. government," said Bruce.

According to Palmetto Health, nearly 350,000 people in South Carolina are living with diabetes.

"We hook up families with the newly diagnosed families with families that have been living with it for a long time to give them support," said Bruce.

Through their efforts to find a cure, Type 1 Diabetes has become an unlikely reason for building bonds and banding together to save lives.

So far JDRF has raised more than $68,000. Its goal is to top $100,000. To donate, you can visit its website at www.jdrf.org.

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