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JDRF contest: Design for life

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Ten-year-old Luke Barbarita and his 15-year-old brother Daniel share a lot in common. Both enjoy sports, both are good students, and both live with type 1 diabetes. Luke was diagnosed at nine months old, and Daniel was diagnosed at age 4. It's the tie that binds the brothers.

Mother Amy and Dad Chris know the drill.

"First thing in the morning, they have to get up, they have to check their sugar before they do anything else," Amy said.

"Anything they eat, you've got to count the carbs," Chris said.

For Luke, there are good days and bad.

"It's kind of sad, when my blood sugar's low I can't go out and play. But it's what I have to go through," he said.

When it comes to fundraising for JDRF, the Barbarita brothers are very proactive in helping find a cure.

"We always do the diabetes walk every year. I feel like when we raise a lot of money that we're almost there. We keep getting closer," Luke said.

Luke recently entered the "Design Your Own Car" contest sponsored by JDRF and Ford Customer Service. He drew a design for Daytona 500 winner Trever Bayne's race car. Youngsters around the country have also submitted entries.

"If you win, you'll get $5,000 for your walk team to help JDRF," Luke said.

Here's where we come in. Luke's hoping our viewers will go to the JDRF website and vote for his design with our dollars.

"They see whoever has the most money, they put in the top five and then judges pick which one they like the best out of the top five," Luke explained.

Meanwhile, Luke and Daniel continue to cope.

"They have to either take shots, or in the case of the boys now, they both have insulin pumps,"

And they continue to hope. The lettering on Luke's car sums it up.

"It says 'Together we can find a cure'," Luke said.

Now it's up to us to do our part to help make a young boy's dream come true and to brighten the future of youngsters everywhere.

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