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4 things to watch for -- Monday, September 23rd

Brandon Roux: Sunday was the annual JDRF One Walk in downtown Detroit, and this is near and dear to my heart and my pancreas. It's a fundraiser to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and both me and my son, Christian, have Type 1 or T1D.  I've had it for more than 20 years, and it was right about this time five years ago when my now 15-year-old son was diagnosed.

The JDRF One Walk is at Milliken Park Sunday morning, but it used to be at the GM Tech Center in Warren. What I remember about being at the JDRF Walk in 2014 is something I will never forget… as a wave of Christian's friends surprised him, showing up with shirts that said ‘Christian's CRoux' and I lost it. I was the emcee of the event, so I had to keep my composure, but it was all tears under those sunglasses. 

Community is so important when you have a terminal disease, or any disease really. Don't forget how much even a little gesture means to those who are carrying the weight of trouble, symptoms, hospital stays, checkups, blood tests etc…   It's huge!  And, that being said I ask that if you have $2 or $200, think about donating to the JDRF and we have a link for you here on ClickOnDetroit

The good thing about T1D is that there are studies, technological advancements, and progress reports that show we are not too far away from a cure for this pesky disease. It requires constant daily maintenance of checking your blood sugar, taking insulin, correcting low blood sugar with glucose tablets, and more. I thank you for reading my story, and a big hug to those of you who are able to donate to this personal cause. 

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Here's what's coming up on Monday, September 23, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- First Day of Fall

A few lingering showers Monday which is the first day of Fall.  The Autumnal Equinox or start of Fall occurs at 3:50 a.m. Monday!  We will get some sunshine back Monday afternoon but highs will be limited to the lower 70s and that's where they stay most of next week. 

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the weekend.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

5:45 a.m. -- Taking Off: Fall Edition

Monday is the first day of fall and that's a perfect time to visit the cider mill. Our Kim DeGiulio will take us to a place that has some extra fun -- fruit picking! See if this is something you might want to take your family to on Monday.

6:10 -- Money Monday: Long Term Care & Medicaid 

Over the last several weeks, our Rod Meloni has been educating us on long-term care. He'll continue to simplify some of the most complex parts of getting older -- your finances! 

6:40 a.m. -- Dropping Out of School Sports

For the first time in decades, there's a dramatic drop in kids participating in school sports. What's behind this decline? It's more than just injuries. We'll break it down for you Monday.

           

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Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

National Days: September 23rd

  • Autumnal Equinox 
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day
  • National Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day
  • National Great American Pot Pie Day
  • National Snack Stick Day
  • National Teal Talk Day
  • National Family Day 
  • Restless Legs Awareness Day

History Highlights: September 23rd

  • In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.
  • In 1889, Nintendo was founded in Kyoto, Japan, as a playing card company.
  • In 1846, Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. 
  • In 1957, nine black students who'd entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.
  • In 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter apparently burned up as it attempted to go into orbit around the Red Planet.
  • In 2001, President George W. Bush returned the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning following the 9/11 attacks.
  • In 2002, Gov. Gray Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

Celebrity Birthdays: September 23rd

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Singer Julio Iglesias is 76. 
  • Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 72. 
  • Singer Bruce Springsteen is 70. 
  • Actress Rosalind Chao ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "M.A.S.H.") is 62. 
  • Actor Jason Alexander is 60. 
  • Actress LisaRaye ("All of Us," "Beauty Shop") is 53. 
  • Rapper-producer-record head Jermaine Dupri is 47. 
  • Actor Brandon Victor Dixon ("Hamilton") is 38. 

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