COMMUNITY FIRST: Express game fundraiser to help diabetes research

According to the American Diabetes Association, only 5 percent of diabetics have Type 1 diabetes.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A special event at the Eau Claire Express game Tuesday helped raise funds for Type 1 diabetes research.

Organizers raised money for JDRF, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The express donated a dollar for every hot dog and popcorn tub sold during the game. Mariah Miller threw out the honorary first pitch. Miller was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is typically diagnosed in children and young adults, when she was 10 years old. She said the money is going to a good cause.

"Having Type 1 diabetes is really hard. It's like a 24-7 job where you really never have a chance to take a break from it, so it would be really nice to just kind of not have to deal with that," Miller said. "It would help a lot of families."

JDRF is a global organization. It holds hundreds of events every year to help raise money for diabetes research.

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