Friday, April 06, 2007

SigEp at FIU raises money for diabetes

SigEp at florida International University held a "Tri-Fit Challenge" to help raise money to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
It was a cool breezy morning and the sun had just risen. Everyone stood by, anxiously waiting for someone to say it was okay to start.

An air horn blared and everyone ran in.

At 7 a.m., 35 individuals walked down a hill and dove head first into the cold waters of a lake located in the middle of C.B. Smith Park located in Pembroke Pines.

[...]Following the triathlon, Agustin Barbara, the race director of the Tri-Fit Challenge, presented a $4,500 check to Ingrid Velarde of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Barbara first came up with the event after witnessing his grandfather, Roberto, battle diabetes.

"I've seen him throughout the year be affected by diabetes and I thought this would be the perfect event. It's hard to see someone you care so much about go through that," Barbara said. "The whole purpose of this project was to raise community awareness."
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Participants swam .25 miles, then biked five miles around the park and capped off the event with a two-mile run.
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Sophomore Kallie Burke, who helped organize the event, knows the effects juvenile diabetes can have one's life.

Her uncle, Johnny Nichols, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 19 years-old and recently past away due to diabetes and other health problems.
Triathlon raises money for diabetes foundation - Sports