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Students to walk for diabetes cure

Dan Thrift/Tahoe TribuneSouth Tahoe Middle School students who will participate in the eighth annual Northern Nevada Walk To Cure Diabetes on Sunday, are, from left, Kaylee Dennis, Rand Norbeg and Donnie Goodyear.
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Three South Tahoe Middle School students will participate in the eighth annual Northern Nevada Walk To Cure Diabetes Oct. 13 around the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The walk begins at 9 a.m. on the Quad.

The students, Donnie Goodyear and Rand Norbeg, both 11, are in the sixth-grade, and Kaylee Dennis,12, a seventh-grader, have raised more than $6,000 to cure diabetes. Each of the students has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and wanted to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“Finding a cure is important to me because I’m the type of person who likes everyone to be healthy and happy. That’s why I’m participating in the walk,” said Dennis.



Norbeg said, “Insulin is not a cure — that’s why I am going to participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. I’m excited about helping to find a cure.”

“I have had Type I diabetes since my 11th birthday last December. I have come a long way from thinking that my life was over to managing my diabetes with blood glucose testing and insulin injections several times a day,” said Goodyear.




Mary Burns, a registered nurse with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, was instrumental in organizing a Diabetic Support Group for youths with diabetes. During one of the monthly presentations, a guest speaker discussed the fund-raising walk and got the students’ attention.

More than 1,000 people have registered for the walk in Reno and donations are still being accepted. Last year, the northern Nevada walk raised $228,000. This year’s goal is $275,000, with 87 cents of every dollar raised going to research to find a cure.

To make a donation and for more information call Mary Dillon at the Northern Nevada Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 775) 786-1881.


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