Rodneya Ross

10-year-old inspires courthouse change

by Rodneya Ross on November 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- A 10-year-old boy is presented with a certificate from the County Commissioners after writing them a letter with one simple request.

Trace Wilson is a fifth grader at Duncan Falls Elementary School. In 2015, Trace was sleeping more than usual and didn’t seem like his normal self. His parents took him to the doctor and eventually learned he had type one diabetes. Trace wrote a letter to the Commissioners with a special request for Diabetes Awareness Month.

“I wrote the letter to the Commissioners and I just wanted to see if they would light the courthouse up blue for Diabetes Awareness Month,” said Trace. “They just said they’d light it up for the whole weekend. ”

The Commissioners granted his request but it’s more than just the weekend. The courthouse will shine blue lights for the whole month of November. The Commissioners were impressed with Trace and his measures to raise awareness so they invited him to their chambers were they gave him a certificate.

“We just presented him a certificate of appreciation…in an effort to make the awareness…more public. We know diabetes is huge for everyone,” said Commissioner Jim Porter. “It effects…we discussed everyone’s family here in the office as well. So..very interesting young man.”

Trace wants to encourage everyone to get tested for the disease and hopes that one day there will be a cure.