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4/17/2014 11:12:00 AM
"Drive to Stop Diabetes" spotlights Ryan Reed

Cannon Falls Area Schools are participating in their tenth annual American Diabetes Association's School Walk for Diabetes 2014 on Friday, April 25, from 3-4 p.m.

One hundred forty walkers have signed up for the walk.

An educational school fundraiser that supports programs aimed at curing and preventing diabetes has Cannon Falls Schools preK-12 joining in raising money for this disease.

Students will learn about diabetes, nutrition, and exercise and may earn healthy rewards, such as water bottles, T-shirts, sports equipment, and more. Schools raising $1,000 or more earn a gift certificate to purchase needed physical education equipment or school medical supplies.

Last year the school collected more than $14,000, as the second top fundraising school in Minnesota. They placed 12th nationally.

Students with diabetes include Loden Bell, a fifth grader who was diagnosed with Type 1 in January 2007; and newly diagnosed with Type 1 this year are Katie Allen, a seventh grade student and Joey Forsell, a tenth grader. Molly Thomforde, a senior has had Type 1 diabetes since March, 2002.

Staff members Pam Langevin, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 23 years ago; and Wendy Robinson has had Type 2 for eight years. Two other adult staff members with diabetes are Katie Lochner and Meghan Svien.

This year's theme "Drive to Stop Diabetes" spotlights race car driver 20-year-old Ryan Reed who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2010. Through a positive attitude he has continued his career as a NASCAR driver, climbing through various ranks of NASCAR's divisions and series.

A top fundraiser will win an visor autographed by Ryan Reed.

On the day of the Walk (April 25) at 3 p.m. students should sign in at their grade level table in the cafeteria. Students will begin walking, and then enjoy refreshments and snacks provided by the Cannon Falls Elementary PTO and First Farmers&Merchants Bank.

Parents are welcome to come with their child to this event, especially with preschoolers, and may pick up their child in front of the Elementary School at 4 p.m.



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