Thousands participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes

For over 8 years Six Flags New England has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes research foundation

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of people gathered at Six Flags New England to help raise money for Type 1 Diabetes.

Madalyn Hague told 22News, “To see that people actually come together to do this event and everything to raise awareness for it is really cool to see.”

For over 8 years, Six Flags New England has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes research foundation, known as JDRF for this annual charity walk. Hundreds of groups, schools and social cubs formed teams which amounted to more than 5,000 participants. They raised money to help support loved ones living with the disease.

Julianna Vadnais told 22News, “I’m here for Charlie, she was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes recently and it’s been kind of hard for us to deal with. She has to deal with shots and watch what she’s eating all of the time.”

The JDRF one walk raises money to help find ways to cure, treat, and improve the lives of children living with type 1 diabetes.

Gabby Benoit told 22News, “I was diagnosed when I was 23 months and it’s really important to find a cure.”

Many of the people completing the 1.8 mile walk had a personal connection to the cause.

Alice Santos told 22News, “It’s important because we have a girl in our school, Juliette, who has type 1 diabetes.”

22News reporter Alessandra Martinez MC’d the event, which in past years has raised more than 300,000 dollars. For every 75 dollars that walkers raised, they received a free admission ticket to Six Flags New England.

All of the proceeds raised will go to the JDRF of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.