Six years ago Will and Shellie Healy learned their son, Jimmy, had type one juvenile diabetes. That discovery has led to the family’s involvement in the search for a cure. Shellie is the chairperson for the September 12 Cache Valley “Walk For A Cure” sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). It runs from 9 AM to about noon. “This is our seventh walk in Cache Valley,” she said. “It’s always been held at Willow Park with lots of kids and lots of fun and we raise a lot of money for a great foundation. “We encourage anyone who wants to help to come the morning of the walk with money in hand, whatever you feel you can donate will help. When you arrive in the morning there is a table set up with all kinds of volunteers from the university, along with JDRF representatives. At 10 o’clock we have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and then we take this nice leisurely walk along the beautiful Logan River. “Last year we had 200 or so and I’m expecting a huge turnout this year,” said Shellie. The Healy’s say their family’s experience in learning of their son’s illness is typical. “When he was about four he started showing some weird symptoms,” said Shellie. “He would say ‘My eyes are fuzzy’ or “Mom, I just feel kind of weird.’ I knew something was up. We took him to the doctor and, sure enough, we found he had type one juvenile diabetes. He’s now 10 years old.” The disease forces Jimmy to follow an extensive schedule of self-monitoring. “He’s got to poke his fingers at least 10 to 12 times a day,” said Shellie. “He has to check again at lunch, again at night. He’s on a swim team so he has to check before he gets in the pool and again after. It’s a big deal.” Their involvement in raising funds to find a cure even led to a recent “road trip” for Jimmy and his mother. “JDRF does this wonderful thing,” said Shellie. “They invite children with diabetes to go to Washington, DC to represent their state and actually talk to our senators and representatives about keeping funding going to find a cure for us. Jimmy was able to share a scrapbook and his story. There were only 150 children from across the nation who were chosen.” Shellie Healy said anyone interested in supporting the walk can go to
and click on ‘Register For a Walk’ where there will be details about the Cache Valley Walk.