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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Milford kids walk for diabetes cure

By Christopher Brunau
Special to the Register
— Live Oaks Elementary School students Wednesday raised more than $1,000 for Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.
The student body, along with teachers, staff, Miss Coastline 2008 Corrina Pysa and Miss Connecticut 2006, Milford native Heidi Voight, took a lap around the school grounds. Many of the children walked up to three laps to show their support.
The students raised more than $1,000, with more donations yet to be tallied.
The event was held in conjunction with the Hamden chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Two weeks ago, students were given packs of sneaker-shaped paper and asked to get at least one dollar per sneaker.
By the second day, many students were coming back for more.
Last Friday, there was a pajama night where each student donated a dollar to wear his or her pajamas. The event raised $293.
The sneakers were put on display in the school hallways.
PTA President Darcy Ellis, who coordinated the walk, said there are many more.
“It’s really great to see kids helping kids in this,” said Ellis.
Many students went out in small groups, going door-to-door to raise money.
Live Oaks Elementary School students, Aidan Dugan, 6, and James Coon, 11, both have Type 1 diabetes.
“We really wanted to teach the kids how important it is to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, and this is a great start,” Ellis said.
A similar event will be held at Orchard Hills Elementary School Friday at 2 p.m.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heidi Voight is great. Milford should be very proud to have her as their ambassador.

May 29, 2008 at 11:51 AM 
Anonymous Me said...

Heidi is awesome and should run for office . . . any office. Nice kid.

June 5, 2008 at 8:40 AM 

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