Students for Diabetes Awareness raise more than $4,700 for research

May 17, 2013 | UToday
By Brian Purdue

It is an impressive accomplishment for any student organization to raise thousands of dollars. It is exceedingly notable for an organization to do that in its second year of existence.

As part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes, Students for Diabetes Awareness raised $4,716 for JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, earning The University of Toledo a designation as a Silver Star School for raising between $1,000 and $4,999.

“Their work contributes to the University’s mission to improve the human condition, and it shows those outside the University the great work that college students are doing to make a difference to others,” said Michelle Martinez, dean of students.

Started by Elizabeth Greer, president for the organization, and Mike Hicho, Students for Diabetes Awareness serves not only to raise money for research, but also to promote type 1 and type 2 diabetes awareness, support national diabetes organizations, and provide education through service projects and health screenings.

Since its creation in 2011, the organization has raised more than $10,000 for JDRF and has had more than 180 team members for the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

“I am beyond proud of the members in my organization,” Greer said.

More information about Students for Diabetes Awareness can be found on Facebook and Twitter @UToledoDiabetes.

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