Did you know nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you’re a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make all the difference.

Because November is nationally recognized as Diabetes Awareness Month, Trinity Lutheran School took that opportunity to honor those who are facing the daily struggle of living with diabetes by organizing a Diabetes Awareness event on campus. The Student Council wanted to raise awareness in the fight of battling diabetes in children and adults. Each student council representative planned, marketed, and executed a well-rounded fundraiser.

For just $2, students and staff could ignore dress code and wear blue — which represents the mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected with diabetes. Those participants also received blue sunglasses to show the overall community efforts of Trinity Downtown.  For Frozen Friday, blue popsicles were also sold for $1.

All proceeds collected went towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation under the team name Ally’s Cats for a Cure. “Ally” is our fearless 1st grader, who is battling Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).  Student Council presented a check to Ally in the amount of $320.40.  Ally was extremely surprised and overwhelmed at the support she received from her fellow school mates. It was a fun-filled Friday in the courtyard, with water balloon games, laughter, and bittersweet tears of surprise.

We are proud of our student council for their ongoing encouragement and support the needs of their fellow students and their community.