Diabetes walk to help research and children

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman in Rockland is using her own battle with diabetes to help children suffering with the disease.

Sarah Bickford has organized a walk and auction for Saturday to raise money for research and help other diabetics find support.

Bickford says her diabetes is controlled well right now - even though she is eight months pregnant - thanks to treatment from an insulin pump. Bickford says she was diagnosed with juvenile, or Type 1 diabetes when she was eight years old, and had to have five shots per day. She says more children are being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes nowadays, and hopes the Saturday walk will be a chance for those children to know there are others with the same problem.

"I want children to know they are not alone," says Bickford, "But I feel if we can get more kids together they can have friend, and not be alone and have people who know what they're going through."

The Rockland Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday at the Rockland Elks Lodge. Bickford says it's a three-mile walk, and will be followed by an auction, also at the Elks Lodge.

Last year's first-time event raised $8,000 and drew about 100 people, says Bickford. She's hoping for more people and more money this year. More information about the event can be found here.


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