By TYLER ELLYSON
KEARNEY – Kameran Ulferts understands the challenges Type 1 diabetics face.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney senior was diagnosed with the condition at age 12.
“It was a huge lifestyle change,” said Ulferts, who must monitor her blood sugar level constantly.
She wants other Type 1 diabetics to know they’re not alone in this journey.
Ulferts, a 2014 graduate of Fullerton High School, teamed up with another UNK student to start a local chapter of the College Diabetes Network. Their goal is to educate others about Type 1 diabetes and provide a support network for those impacted by the disease.
“You can’t go through it alone,” said Ulferts, a K-12 art education major.
As part of its mission to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, the UNK group is partnering with the Lincoln and Greater Nebraska chapter of JDRF on a community walk.
The event, scheduled for Sunday (April 22) at Yanney Park in Kearney, is free and open to the public. Participants can choose to raise money for JDRF, a leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, through the walk.
“Our main goal is to get our name out there and create a stronger and more supportive diabetic community in Kearney and the surrounding areas,” Ulferts said.
The Kearney Walk begins with check-in and other activities at 1 p.m., with the walk starting at 2 p.m.
Registration is available online at www.yourway.jdrf.org/. Click “Create Your Own” fundraiser and make sure “- Kearney Walk” is at the end of the name.
For more information on the Kearney Walk, contact JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska at 402-484-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.