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JDRF fundraiser: Working to find a Type 1 diabetes cure

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DETROIT – The JDRF One Walk is Sunday, Sept. 17 at Milliken State Park in Detroit. 

The goal of the walk is to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).

From JDRF:

We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.

Local 4's Brandon Roux asking for your help

All week, Local 4's Brandon Roux will be sharing stories about the fight for a cure. 

From Brandon: 

"I am T1D. And, my son is the apple that didn't fall far from the Roux Tree. He too is T1D and will be attending his third walk as a diabetic. We need your help. I'd love for you to watch our stories below and join the Walk To Cure Diabetes."

Working to cure diabetes in children

Lexi Zaffarano is a special 13-year-old girl from Royal Oak who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a year ago. 

Here is her story: 

Coach helps children tackle type 1 diabetes

Brandon Denson, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

His mother burst into tears.

"I knew my life was going to be drastically changed," Denson said.

But Denson, a four-sport athlete, was determined not to let diabetes derail his dreams of the playing field or anywhere else.

He made his mother a promise that day.

"I said, 'No matter what, we're going to get through this, and I'm going to be all right.'  And she looked me in my eyes and I looked in her eyes, and it was just one of those moments, 'Look, everything is going to be OK,'" he said.

Thirteen years later, Denson has kept that promise, and then some.

Check back for more stories this week.

High school athlete talks sports and diabetes

Joshua Tufts had a life-changing Christmas when he was just 3 years old. He was too young to know why was in the hospital. 

Watch his inspiring story here: 

ClickOnDetroit held special Facebook Live program Friday afternoon during which an expert answered questions about juvenile diabetes for parents and students starting the new school year. 

Watch here: 

MORE: Top 10 tips for taking Type 1 diabetes back to school