By Oliver Fredrickson / Tandis Taghavi, Editor-in-Chief
The Starting Line
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4,000 strangers dusted off their running shoes, taped up their ankles, and lined up behind a red ribbon to fight for one cause.
But these people weren’t just strangers. They are community leaders. They are wives. They are husbands. They are brothers. They are sisters. They are aunts. They are uncles. They are co-workers. They are neighbors. They are friends. They are kids.
Some of them have direct experience with the nagging 20 finger pricks a day and emergency Skittles stash. Others now carry a tube of glucose gel in their back pocket after witnessing a friend’s blood sugar drop to 54 mg/dL.
Turning TYPE 1 into TYPE NONE
As some of you know, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (“JDRF”) is the leading global organization funding T1D research. T1D is an autoimmune disease that suddenly strikes both children and adults. There is nothing you can do to prevent it…and at this time there is no cure…BUT, there is HOPE! So much hope in fact that every year more than 900,000 people come together at 200 walks across the country to unite and spread awareness.
The great thing about joining a student organization is the increased ability to make a difference. We care about our students and colleagues so we advocate what they think are pressing issues, like parking—thank you Oday—and health! We all know keeping a balanced lifestyle is important, especially in law school. But we all also know it’s not always easy to do so, and a lot of the time we just neglect our health because we’re so worried about the other 50 things listed on our 85 different to-do lists.
We can’t imagine how much harder it is for students with T1D to maintain this healthy balance when they are also stressing out about finals, or internships, or Law Review, or trial competitions.
So this year The Commentary and SBA got together and made JDRF our 2018 Philanthropy Event!
Crowded with banners, signs, team t-shirts, tables, podiums, music, tents, food, and even tanks, many brave soldiers gathered to fight for a cure and make history!
So we called a few friends to come join!
We got a group of CWSL students to come together on a Saturday, when it was still dark outside, to raise awareness and show support for ALL students, faculty, staff, and members of our community affected by T1D!
To everyone who signed our “Walking For…” poster: we also did it for you!!
We raced with moms and dads. We played football with little soldiers. We danced around with sisters and brothers. We may have even made a few law school jokes with some lawyers.
While the race to end T1D is a marathon, every 5K is a milestone.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, six students went on a pilgrimage to turn Type 1 into Type NONE!