Nearly 300 Santa Catalina School students, parents, faculty, and friends walked in the annual JDRF One Walk on October 14, raising $8,785 for type 1 diabetes research.
The Lower and Middle School has participated in the walk for several years, and this year they were joined for the first time by the Upper School. With a total of 294 members, team Santa Catalina Cougars Care bested last year's record participation number by 59 walkers. The fundraising total also eclipsed last year's $7,000 in donations, including $45 raised through an impromptu lemonade stand set up by Lower School students who live on campus.
A couple of weeks before the walk—which went from Lovers Point in Pacific Grove to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and back—two Upper School students and Middle School alums spoke at a Lower School assembly to share their stories of living with type 1 diabetes. Kaitlin '21, '17 LS and Emily '19, '15 LS talked about their symptoms—both described sleeping a lot, being thirsty all the time, and lacking energy—their diagnosis, and how they have adapted.
"A lot of people don't understand this type of diabetes, and it can be hard," Kaitlin said. "So that's why this part, raising awareness, is important."
They also talked about the advancements in treatment since they were diagnosed, going from giving themselves shots to wearing glucose monitors and insulin pumps that make it easy for them them manage the disease without interrupting their lives. This is exactly the type of technology that is made possible by events such as the JDRF One Walk.
Learn more about type 1 diabetes and JDRF at jdrf.org.