Local family raises awareness for Type 1 Diabetes

Jacob Andrews is a 13-year-old sharing his story in hopes of raising money for Type 1 Diabetes research and technology

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 10:42 AM
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 9:28 PM

WAAY 31 is the proud media sponsor for this year's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk on April 21st at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Wynn Drive.

The goal is to raise $70,000 and will benefit children diagnosed with diabetes and their families.

Three millions Americans have Type 1 Diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jacob Andrews is a local 13-year-old who has the disease and from the outside, appears to be a healthy active teenage boy.

"Never was sick, the pharmacy didn't even have his name in their system," said Jacob's mother, Amanda Andrews.

On May 30th 2017, Jacob received a diagnosis his family never expected.

"Type 1 is autoimmune. So at some point in time, his body had a virus that attacked his own pancreas," said Amanda.

Now a year later, Jacob's daily routine has changed.

He gives himself at least 5 shots on insulin and checks his blood sugar with several finger pricks.

A service dog, named Keto after diabetic ketoacidosis, was recently donated to Jacob and has already given Jacob several warnings  when his blood sugar drops too low, potentially saving his life.

Through his diagnosis and learning more about Type 1 Diabetes, the Andrews family became involved with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or JDRF.

"For me, its throwing myself into something to fight for," added Amanda.

The family formed a team for the upcoming JDRF One Walk called "Jacob and Keto's crusaders."

They first set a goal to raise $500 dollars. That was quickly met, leading the team to set a $3,000 goal.

"It's pretty awesome. I mean already saw the $500 going but the $1,000 I wasn't expecting that and the goal that we have now is incredible," said Jacob.

Through their son's diagnosis the Andrews family hopes to help others in similar situations.

"One of the educators told us, you're going to find a parent one day who is sitting right where you are and when that time comes you need to be able to give them the education that you're getting right now and that has stuck with me," added Amanda.

"Stay strong, stay positive and you'll get through it," added Jacob.

You can donate to Jacob's team by following Facebook fundraiser link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/335999523552119/

You can also donate through: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=7215&pg=entry

The walk starts at 10:30 Saturday morning with check-in at 9:00.

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