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More than 15,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year. For these children, having to deal with the disease is part of growing up. “Some families are worried about diapers or potty training, and others are fighting to survive,” Mike Balls said. Mike Balls – whose mother has type 1 diabetes – put together Rock Against Diabetes 2011, an all-day concert that will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The concert runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 10 at USU’s Kent Concert Hall Courtyard. Eleven local bands will perform Saturday, including For Tomorrow We Die, which played at this year’s Warped Tour. All bands are donating their time to the cause. “It’s an awesome concert for an awesome cause,” Balls said. For admission, event coordinators are asking for at least a $5 donation, and all money goes straight to the JDRF. T-shirts and refreshments will also be available to purchase. Balls started Rock Against Diabetes in 2007 and has been improving the event every year. Last year’s concert series raised $2,200 for the cause, but Balls hopes to be able to do more this year. Guests Saturday should bring lawn chairs, as there isn’t much grass in the courtyard. Balls wants to thank his sponsors and the bands for their donations to the cause. More information about the concert as well as full lists of the concert’s bands and sponsors, visit the event’s

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Coming up Sept. 17 is the Walk to Cure Diabetes, which will start at Willow Park at 9 a.m. Volunteers can create teams with their friends and family, raise money for donations and participate in the walk. Information and online registration can be found at the

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under “get involved.” The JDRF is researching how to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes. Anyone interested in making donations for juvenile diabetes research or want to know other ways they can help can e-mail Balls at mikestephballs@gmail.com. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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