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Fundraiser fights juvenile diabetes this Saturday

The Faces of Diabetes fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 2-7 p.m., this year at The Steel Horse Saloon on Hwy. 10 west of Ellsworth.

The event, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will include a motorcycle/old car run. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the saloon and kickstands go up at 10:30 a.m. A fee of $15 per motorcycle will be charged.

There will also be a bean bag tournament featuring prizes including homemade bean bag boards, cash, etc. A $20 entry fee will be charged. Check Facebook for more information.

Free children’s games are planned, along with a raffle, silent auction, food and a dunk tank. Admission to the fundraiser, open to the public, is free.

Everyone has a story, the event’s publicity says, and the following is one:

“Diabetes, some people don’t know much about it.

“What can I say; I live with it every day. I try to ignore it, I try to beat it, but the sad truth to it is that it is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life if a cure isn't found.

“Sure, I have bad days when I just want to sit around and do nothing, think why me, what did I do to deserve this? But then I always tell myself why not me?

“I have met so many new people because of this disease that I never would have met without it. These people make every day worth living; they empower me to keep fighting against this disease by getting funding for a cure.

“I will not let this disease defeat me; it will not hinder me from accomplishing all the goals that I set forth for myself. This disease does not define me in any way and it will not defeat me unless I give it permission to. Everyone has a bad day every now and then, but it’s whether you decide to stay down or get back up that makes all the difference.

“My hope for the future is that, someday soon, a cure will be found because, unlike most kids diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I had a childhood. Most kids are diagnosed before the age of 10 and have to rely on their parents to help them with their disease; no kid should have to go through that, all the finger prick, all the shots, the everyday hardships that come with the territory.

“Sooner or later, everyone gets used to it no matter how hard it is because, if you reject the disease, it can come back to kick you in the butt. One day, we will find a cure, and no one’s child, brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild will have to suffer from this disease. One day, we will be free from this burden and, one day, we will all be able to live our lives without fear of losing control of ourselves.

“My name is Nathan Brenner and I am one of the many Faces of Diabetes looking to the future. Join me and so many others on Aug. 23 at the Steel Horse Saloon in Ellsworth. With your help, we can put an end to this disease. Please share this with your friends and families.”