Eight-year-old Finn Kelly of Congers will lead a team of family and friends Sunday as they join thousands of others in a walk to raise money for research into Type 1 diabetes.
This year will mark the third time the Kelly family has taken part, said Finn’s mother, Bonnie. They became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation soon after Finn was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder at age 6.
Since then, the family has raised about $8,000 for research into the disease, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in children. It can be treated, but not cured.
Finn was near death when he was diagnosed in April, 2011. Now he’s a healthy, happy third-grader at Lakewood Elementary School who loves playing baseball.
He likes to take part in the JDRF walk because he gets a chance to meet other youngsters who have the same disease.
The Rockland County 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday on the grounds of Pfizer 401 North Middletown Road, Pearl River. Click here for more information.