Local girl joins Step Out diabetes walk
Last Updated: 78 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Melanie Bennett found out she is diabetic when she was only 4 years old.
"Her blood glucose was over a thousand, and they honestly were shocked that she wasn't in a coma," said Jenny Bossom, Melanie's mother.
After Melanie's diagnosis in 2009, her family immediately got involved with the American Diabetes Association and the annual "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes."
The walk is the organization's major yearly fundraiser to support its mission and find a cure for the approximately 26 million Americans with diabetes.
"It's a lot of fun," Bossom said. "She gets to get up there and take a picture with all the other Red Striders -- other people with diabetes. And she also gets to see that she's not alone. In our family, she kind of feels alone because she's the only one with diabetes. But she sees that there's a lot of different people out there with it."
Melanie raises money throughout the year for the cause, leaving collection jars at businesses and selling bracelets.
Last year, she and her family raised $1,000.
"It makes me feel a little excited that I'm not the only one in the world that has diabetes," Melanie said. "And I'm not the only kid."
Melanie and her family will be walking Saturday wearing "Team Melanie" shirts, which are for sale along with bracelets.
The "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes" will be held Saturday at noon at White River State Park. Registration is available onsite beginning at 10:30 a.m.
RTV6 is proud to return as a sponsor of the event.
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