Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund fundraisers begin

The Mehlville School District once again is sponsoring a coordinated campaign to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, or JDRF.

Fundraisers have already begun at individual schools, and those efforts will continue through the spring.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Funds raised by district schools will be donated to JDRF. Oakville Elementary, Oakville Middle and Mehlville High had fundraisers in October and raised a combined total of more than $2,000.