Diabetes Dash

by Amanda Jarzynski, Staff Writer

Source: Flickr

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Benedictine University is hosting its first ever Diabetes Dash on April 3rd in Kindlon 126 at 12:30 p.m.

This event is open to students and faculty who want to learn more about the constant struggle people have with diabetes in an understandable and creative way.  The purpose of this relay race is to teach people about the responsibilities diabetics need to be aware of when it comes to taking care of their health.

Participants will create a team of two people and pay a $10 fee to go through a relay race.  All of the money collected from this event will be donated to the JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The race is designed to challenge the participants and teach them what people with diabetes have to deal with on a daily basis.

“The teams will choose a meal and be given a certain number of carbohydrates/sugars. They have to do exercises and answer diabetes trivia to lower their blood sugar,” said Katie Partyka, a student ambassador at BenU.  “The teams that go through the relay quickest will win a gift card.”

The first place team will be awarded a $15 gift card to Cold Stone Creamery.  The second and third place teams will receive a $10 gift card to either Burger King or Steak N’ Shake.

“We thought this was a good way to both teach people in a fun way about diabetes while also raising money for the disease,” Partyka said about the idea of the race. This way the participants will be helping a good cause as well as broadening their awareness of the disease.