Oswego native Sarah McCrobie, 30, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, will participate in the JDRF Marathon Weekend at Epcot on Jan. 7. Her parents, Mike and Sally, will join her in the 5K as they look to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
According to Sarah, it is only fitting that her parents participate alongside her in the race. “They have been a great support system as I’ve learned to manage my chronic illness,” Sarah said. “They spent many sleepless nights taking turns checking my blood sugar every few hours; they taught me how to give myself insulin injections and they taught me how to be independent. They encouraged me to use my disease as a motivator rather than a crutch. Participating in this race with them by my side is only appropriate.”
With a passion for finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, the trio is hoping to exceed their required team fundraising amount of $2,100. All the money raised goes directly to JDRF for research purposes; the trio is paying for all lodging, travel and related expenses out of their own pockets. To jumpstart the process, YoBerry Frozen Yogurt in Oswego will host a JDRF fundraiser from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 28. Customers simply have to give the code word “cure” at the register and 20 percent of the sale will go to JDRF.
“This is a great way to support an Oswego business and enjoy a tasty treat, while, at the same time, helping fund critical type 1 diabetes research,” Sarah said. “These fundraising efforts do make a difference. I’ve seen medical breakthroughs such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. However, these are merely treatment options; we still need a cure.”
To join the efforts toward finding a cure, please visit www2.jdrf.org/goto/mccrobie or search for “YoBerry JDRF Fundraiser” on Facebook. For more information, contact Sarah McCrobie at [email protected]
YoBerry is located at 250 W. Seneca St. (near the American Foundry and Fajita Grill) in Oswego.