A walk to cure diabetes

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Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - Jason Thomason

PADUCAH, Ky. - Hundreds of people are expected to come together Saturday at a local park in search of one thing, a cure for diabetes. The number of diabetes cases in the United States is rising at an alarming rate with more than 4,000 new cases diagnosed every day.

About 215,000 children ages 20 and under have diabetes. One local family hopes and prays for one thing every night and that is a cure.

Many people wonder what exactly is diabetes? It is when your body either does not make enough insulin or can not use it's own insulin as well as it should. Seven-year old Chloe Estes fights the battle everyday.

Chloe was six-years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

"When I was first diagnosed, it was scary because I had to go in there and take needles...I didn't feel good. I didn't want to talk really and my legs were cramping a lot," said Chloe.

Chloe's dad, Will, is also a Type 1 diabetic. "When she first became a diabetic, I started thinking of ways to make her more comfortable so I took off my pump and told her it'd be easier watching my shot," said Will.

Chloe's diagnosis is giving her and her family a reason to press on. Saturday, there's a walk to cure diabetes in Noble Park.

"Our ultimate goal is a cure for Type 1 diabetes. With everyone's help and support, we will have a cure one day," said Chloe's mother, Sha.

A goal that Chloe prays for at night. "I want everyone to come out for a cure," said Chloe.

In every hardship, there is always a silver lining. "I told her God can take care of you through this, you just got to take care of yourself too. She can do whatever she wants," said Will.

The walk to cure diabetes starts at 2:30 Saturday afternoon and registration begins at 1 p.m. in Noble Park. If you can not make it to the walk and would still like to donate, click here and type in Team Chloe Estes.

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