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Students ask community to join diabetes walk

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — This was one time when Glennis Black hoped her Limestone County Career Technical Center students wouldn’t raise their hands.

To her dismay, 90 percent of them did.

After receiving information from the American Diabetes Association, Black, who is a borderline diabetic, asked her students if they have the disease or are related to someone who does.

That’s when 90 percent raised their hands.

That discussion led students in the SkillsUSA organization to plan a Walk for Diabetes to raise money for the ADA.

“We want to take part in a good cause and do something that helps people,” said tech-school student and SkillsUSA vice president Erica Eubanks. “We also want to let everyone know how much diabetes touches us all.”

According to ADA, 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7 percent of the population, have diabetes.

The association said 6.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease.

The walk will be Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the tech school at 505 E. Sanderfer Road in Athens.

Black said three laps around the school are a mile, but participants can make however many laps they want.

The cost to participate is a minimum donation of $5.

Those who cannot walk that day can sponsor a student, and students will take donations to walk in someone’s memory.

Black said tech-school director Stan Davis also is taking donations to walk laps for students who are not physically able.

The event will include pony rides for children, a candle luminary, music provided by the National Guard, water, hot chocolate and snacks.

“We want the entire community to join us,” Eubanks said. “This is our first one, and we want this to get bigger each year.”

For more information on participating in the walk, call Black at 233-6463 or go online to

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