Holy Innocents' Top U.S. School in Fundraising for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk

The Sandy Springs school raised nearly $40,000 for the JDRF Walk.


From Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

For the second consecutive year, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School has raised more money than any other school in the country for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.

School participants netted nearly $40,000 in their effort to a cure for diabetes and its complications.

“They're amazing,” Clanci Jordan, executive director of the JDRF Georgia Chapter told Patch. “They have been involved for quite sometime. They have a number of students who have Type 1 diabetes. A lot of parents of the kids are involved in JDRF in other ways.”

About 8,000 walkers were in the JDRF event, last October. And this is the fourth time that Holy Innocents’ has been JDRF’s top-ranked school in the country. Last year, HIES faculty, staff, students and friends raised some $35,000 for JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research

In a statement, HIES student Amelie Wendling, a Type 1 diabetic who served as team captain for the latest Walk said she was not surprised at Holy Innocents’ JDRF success. “Members of the Holy Innocents’ community are so supportive of their diabetic students that they are willing to go to great lengths to support their friends,” She said. “This year, we had over 100 registered walkers who joined our team, which is more than any that we’ve had before. It makes me proud that I got to see my team doing so much for a cause, and that this legacy will live on for another year.”

At an awards ceremony in Atlanta Jan. 29, Holy Innocents’ received special recognition for its hard work—and a standing ovation—when the Walk results were announced. Several students were also singled out for their success in individual fund-raising: Matthew Christensen, Andrew Earle, Claire Hailey, Anna Kampfe, Hayden Kirk, Reed Stewart, and Amelie Wendling.


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