Benny at bedtime: “Today was so much fun. I’m SO glad my friends from school came.”

For the first time, we invited Benny’s classmates to the Charlotte JDRF walk.  When I spoke to Benny’s class about diabetes in September, he wore our team t-shirt. All the kids wanted to learn about it and come with us (although one girl was very worried she’d have to walk all the way to the event, about 30 miles away!).

With busy schedules, predicted rain and a 7:30am meet time, we were excited that some of his friends really did come join us. Benny’s Brigade was bigger this year, and more meaningful. These are the friends who see Benny check his blood sugar every day during class. Who look out for him when he’s low and who don’t think there’s anything weird about diabetes. It’s just something their friend has.

Benny's Brigade 2013

Benny’s Brigade 2013

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More pics on my Facebook page.

As always, it was a huge walk. The rain held off and about 7000 people raised close to a million dollars. Here’s the write up from our local newspaper.

Wanted to also post this video I made at the Rowan-Cabarrus-Iredell Counties JDRF Walk. A smaller event, but no less important or emotional. I MC’d this year and met a little girl about the same age as Benny when he was diagnosed: