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406 Diabetes Walk supports patients and families

Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:25-04

It’s estimated close to 15,000 suffer from Diabetes in Yellowstone County.

Some of those had a chance to get some support in dealing with the disease at the 406 Diabetes Walk on Sunday.

The walk was moved indoors to the old Herberger’s at the Rimrock Mall, after weather forced the a postponement two weeks ago.

The event gives families and those with Diabetes a chance to talk with experts and other patients.

Diabetes advocate and event organizer Leif Welhaven said Diabetes patients can live a normal life if they closely monitor blood sugar levels and take insulin.”

“With today’s technology and education and health care, people will live to be a ripe old age with Diabetes,” Welhaven  said. “They just have to learn how to manage it. And the difficult part especially for the little kids is you have to manage it every day. My son is 23 now. He was diagnosed at age 10 and he gives himself shots of insulin. He gives himself three to four shots a day and he’ll do that for the rest of his life.”

Part of the money raised goes to help children attend the Diabetes camp at Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch outside of Columbus.