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Student to hold Dance for Diabetes

Kara Fambrough

Kara Fambrough

CONYERS -- When you see Heritage High School senior Kara Fambrough walking down the halls at school, she may look like any other normal teenager.

She is on the school dance team, is president of the school's honor society and has a lot of friends.

But there's one thing you might not know about her that she wants you to focus on next week -- she has Type 1 Diabetes.

"From the outside, my life does not appear to be much different than others," she said. "But I must check my blood glucose levels -- prick my finger and test the blood -- before each meal, before and after exercise and before bed. Four to 10 times a day."

She also wears an insulin pump 24-7 that she has had since she was 7 years old and likely will have to wear for the rest of her life.

"It gets super annoying and frustrating because it does take up so much of my life," she said.

And it's even more frustrating to her that there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

That's why she's organizing her own fundraiser.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Salem High School, she will hold Dance for Diabetes in conjunction with the Heritage High School National Honor Society and Rockdale County Public Schools' band programs and dance teams.

The event will feature performances from the Heritage Dance Team, the Rockdale County High School Winter Guard, HeRoS Drumline, the Davis Middle School Dance Team and the Conyers and Memorial middle schools color guards, among others.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted and will go toward the Diabetes Research Institute.

"I want as many people as possible to come to this in order to not only raise awareness and raise money but to also see the wonderful teams Rockdale County has to offer," Fambrough said.

She wants to see a cure for the disease she's had since she was 4 years old.

"Too many children and adults are diagnosed with this disease daily," she said.

Fambrough said that about 10 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1, like her. It usually develops in children and occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly identifies its own insulin-producing cells as foreign ones and attacks them. Therefore, a person can no longer make insulin.

"Obesity does not cause Type 1," she added. "No one knows what causes it."

Those who are unable to make it to the event next week can make a donation to the cause through Fambrough's page at www.diabetesdiplomats.kintera.org.