JDRF hosts annual Type 1 Diabetes Summit to raise awareness, support families

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 22:07:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is trying to spread awareness and provide support for families dealing with diabetes.

JDRF held their second annual Type 1 Diabetes Summit Saturday, and the event featured information and speakers to help parents learn more about a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Fox 13 News’ very own Danica Lawrence helped out by moderating a special session about Utah public school 504 plans and how to help parents who have children with Type 1 diabetes request and develop 504 plans that cater to their children's needs.

The event also had activities and games for kids.

“We want kids to come out and know that there are other kids living with Type 1 diabetes, and they can do anything they want, they just have to manage their diabetes a little bit more than other people do," said Mike Somers, Executive Director at JDRF.

Families who wish to get involved with JDRF can visit them on Facebook or on their website. The group’s ultimate goal is finding a cure for diabetes.