UNK group partnering with JDRF to host diabetes walk

Diabetes Walk RotatorBy TYLER ELLYSON
UNK Communications

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.

Kameran Ulferts
Kameran Ulferts

“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 lincoln@jdrf.org.

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