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Walk On Sunday To Find A Cure For Juvenile Diabetes

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Each year, 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and as each day passes, local scientists are getting closer to a cure. The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation supports that research, and this Sunday you can take part in the 2008 Walk to Cure Diabetes.\r\n\r\nFour years ago, life threw Brooklynn Hamilton a curve. \r\n\r\n"I have type 1 diabetes," she said.\r\n\r\nWhen you're a child, diabetes is tough. Her parents Braydon and Allison Hamilton and younger sister Reagan have been her support team. Along with the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, or JDRF, the Hamiltons walk to find a cure.\r\n\r\n"I like to get into the walk because it helps my friends and me learn a bit more about it, the situation I'm in," Brooklynn said.\r\n\r\nFor Brooklyn to survive, she must take insulin. She's learned to cope.\r\n\r\n"It doesn't hurt that much as it used to because I got up to seven shots a day, which I wasn't too happy about," she said.\r\n\r\nInsulin doesn't cure diabetes, but it allows diabetes to stave off the devastating effects of the disease.\r\n\r\n"I have to prick my finger 8 to 10 times a day," she said.\r\n\r\nIt's to test her blood sugar. But above her bed, a sign that says "hope" - that one day there will be a cure. That's exactly what scientists at the Burnham Institute Medical Research are working on.\r\n\r\n"I would tell her and other children with type 1 diabetes that there is every reason to be very hopeful," UCSD Assistant Professor Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D. said.\r\n\r\nDoctor Itkin-Ansari says the diabetes research at the institute is a collaboration with UCSD, and there is promising research.\r\n\r\n"We're looking at way to coax cells that exist in patients with type 1 diabetes to change into insulin producing cells," she said.\r\n\r\nBut research takes money.\r\n\r\n"Our research is funded in large part by the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation," she said.\r\n\r\nAnd the Hamilton family will be doing its part to raise money.\r\n\r\n"It would really mean a lot to me if they would donate for the cure because I can definitely tell people I do not want to live with this," Brooklynn said.\r\n\r\nThe 2008 Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held Sunday. Registration will be at the School of Medicine lawn on the campus of UCSD. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.\r\n
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