Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) is not just walking this Saturday, Oct. 19, for a cure for type 1 diabetes. The school community has been racing—earning the distinction of being the highest grossing school in the nation for six consecutive years in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation FAll Walk to Cure Diabetes.
HIES officially ran away with JDRF Fall Walk honors again in 2012 by raising an impressive $50,478.00—and two students were named to the top five list of individual student contributors: Andrew Earle ’13 and Anna Kampfe ’15 (both of whom have diabetes).
“We are impressed and honored by the dedicated efforts of students at Holy Innocents’, and particularly of Andrew and Anna,” says John Vranas, JDRF’s vice president, fundraising programs. “It is the passion and dedication of these young people that motivates others to support us in our efforts to bring about a world without type 1 diabetes.”
Anna, a sophomore and talented artist, was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 9 years old. She particularly likes the idea that Holy Innocents’ top status carries researchers that much closer to a cure. “It also means that I can be entirely comfortable at school because I am surrounded by so many people who support me.” And her mother, Jill Kampfe, agreed.
“We are grateful beyond words for the generosity of our HIES community to its members with type 1,” she said. “Its unconditional support gives hope to a cure in our children’s lifetimes and demonstrates the inclusive spirit of HIES. There is no better place for our children in the world right now.”
Earle, who was diagnosed with diabetes just before the eighth grade, is a talented athlete who commented that diabetes does not dominate his life. “Diabetes will not hold me back,” he emphasized. “It does not define me.”
Senior Lauren McBroom is this year's captain, and Anna Kampfe, co-captain.
JDRF, founded in 1970, raises money to help find a cure for diabetes and its complications. Atlanta's 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes begins in Centennial Olympic Park. Donations will be accepted until Thanksgiving.
To learn more, visit: www.jdrfgeorgia.org