Taking action against diabetes

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By Kirsten Laskey

When Evelyn Mullen’s son, Tyler, 12, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in December 2007, she said she was “scared to death.”

The whole experience from her son becoming very sick to being transported by helicopter to a hospital to being admitted into the pediatric ward and the intensive care unit was very traumatic, Mullen said.

But Mullen and her family are now combating that fear with action. The whole Mullen family, Tyler, her husband David and daughter Hannah will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure as a team, called Tyler’s Quest. The 5k walk will be held Nov. 1 at the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.

“We decided to participate because we started looking at some research they sponsor and while a cure for Type I Diabetes is years away, they also sponsor research looking into very effective treatments,” Mullen said.

Other local families will be participating in the walk and several groups and businesses have contributed to the cause.

For instance, CB Fox donated LeakiSport walking sticks for a raffle. Tickets cost $1 and will be sold through today. Additionally, the Ark Child Development Center held a coin drive with another drive will be held at the YMCA in November.

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