GREEN  Students, staff and parents of Green Primary School will host the inaugural Kids For A Cure community walk from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Central Park.

Kids For A Cure is a way for youth, teens and young adults to help make a difference in the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D), while participating in an enjoyable community service activity.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.

People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood sugar level, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance their insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, and even with intensive disease management, a significant portion of the day is still spent with either high or low blood sugar levels, placing people with T1D at risk for devastating complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. The complications for young children during the school day are many.

The number of children being diagnosed with T1D in the Green Local School district has risen each year, and each year the children are being diagnosed at a younger age.

While there is no cost to participate, this year’s Kids For A Cure walk is focusing on raising awareness, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association are greatly appreciated. More than 80 percent of fundraising dollars raised directly funds life-changing T1D research.