On a cloudy, rainy and cold Saturday October 22, 2016, Lions and Leos of District 16-N walked at Liberty State Park in support of efforts to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Lions have supported JDRF research for the past four years due to the efforts of PDG Lou and Zone Chair Barbara Corsaro. Matthew, one of their twin grandsons, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 6 months. The Lions have supported their efforts for research funding through supporting the annual JDRF walk.
Despite the rain, and wind, 42 Leos from Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools came out to support Matthew and the Corsaro Family. In addition, there were 34Lions from various clubs in District 16-N walking as well.
David Corsaro, Matthew’s father, predicted that there would be a two-hour window where we would walk rain-free, and this came to be true. The rains came before and after, but not during the walk proper.
“With the funds collected for research, Matthew has used an insulin pump which he wears attached to his belt, to monitor his glucose levels and adjust his insulin levels as needed,” stated Grandmother and Zone Char Barbara. Grandpa Lou also revealed, “with the development of the artificial pancreas, individuals with T-1 Diabetes now have the opportunity to truly lead a life without constant testing monitoring and injections. As of 2016, he artificial pancreas will be available for those14 years of age and older. We hope, through added research, it will be ready for children, as well.”
The Leos and Lions walk for Team MIRACLE FOR MATTHEW, raising funds for continued research in the hope of eliminating type 1 diabetes. To make a contribution, or to find out more information about type one diabetes and Matthew’s struggle to be independent of his diabetes, please go to www.miraclematthew.com.
District 16-N Leos and Lions raised $5,950.00 on the JDRF walk.