Two Auburn Girls Walk For Diabetes Awareness

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Lizzie Johnson, 10, of Auburn, cuts the ribbon to start the American Diabetes Association's Step Out Walk at UMass Medical School. Photo Credit: Contributed

AUBURN, Mass. – Two Auburn girls formed a team this summer called Dancers Against Diabetes to raise $1,283 to help the American Diabetes Association find a cure for the illness.

In addition to raising money, Lizzie Johnson, 10, and Danielle Hastings, 18, participated in the association's “Step Out Walk” last week at UMass Medical School in Worcester. Both girls, who danced for Faucher Dance in Auburn, have Type I diabetes. 

“It was a great event to get people aware,” Danielle said. “It was very nice to have everyone supporting the cause and bringing awareness to it. There were over 500 walkers, and it was very uplifting.”

Lizzie, who was 3 when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, had the honor of cutting the ribbon to kick off the 5K walk around Lake Quinsigamond.

“They chose me because I was near the start and I was wearing a red hat,” she said. Only diabetics were supposed to wear the red strider hat.

“I felt a little awkward being chosen, but I did it anyway,” she added.

Danielle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July.

“I was pretty shocked when I found out. I was pretty upset,” she said. “But it’s definitely become easier and I’ve come to terms with it.”

Danielle will take part in a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk at Worcester State University on Sunday, Oct. 14. To register for the walk, visit the walk's website.

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