Local Family Raises Money for Juvenile Diabetes

by Courtney Wheaton on May 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

A local family held their 3rd annual juvenile diabetes benefit to raise money in hopes of finding a cure for the disease.

Hundreds of people stopped by the Muskingum County Fairgrounds on Saturday to support the West family. Hannah West is 16- years -old and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age ten. The disease has caused her pancreas to completely stop working and now she uses an insulin pump to compensate. She says although she suffers from complications from her diagnosis events like this lift her spirits.

"It’s really great knowing that everybody supports me and it great to have everybody here to support not just me, but everyone that is a type one diabetic. It’s a really great feeling," said West.

During the benefit, people had the chance to ride a mechanical bull, play games and participate in a live auction. Hannah’s mother, Jennifer West says that the event wouldn’t have been possible without the outpour of support from local and regional organizations.

"We had sponsors from all over town, Columbus, out of town Coshocton everywhere give us so many donations. We have people here from Khols, Northside Pharmacy, the Physicians’ Group of Southeast Ohio, everyone has just come up and volunteered their help, " said West.

Last year the West family raised more than $5,000 for the juvenile diabetic research fund and they hope to do so again this year.