Middle School student Ben Ellison,  

Dunham Team Walks to Honor Middle School Student

10/14/2009 12:00 AM

    Middle School student Ben Ellison,  
    diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes four 
    years ago, hopes a cure for the disease
    will soon be found. A team of Dunham
    students and parents will walk in honor 
    of Ben in the JDRF Walk to Cure
    Diabetes, on Saturday October 17 at
    9 am on the "Old Front Nine" at LSU. 
     Upper School students Natalie Awad
     and Lindsay Rance are heading the
     Dunham effort with help from Director of Constituent Relations Michelle Pricer. Check-In for the 2.5 mile walk begins at 9 am; the walk begins at 10 am. To join The Dunham team, register here. 

Ben Chosen as a Delegate for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Eighth grader Ben Ellison was among 150 other youth from throughout the United States selected as delegates for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  In June, Ben represented Louisiana on Capitol Hill to remind Congress and the Administration of the critical need to find a cure for type-1 (juvenile) diabetes. Over 1,500 children applied to take part in Children’s Congress 2009.  The  Congress include congressional visits and a congressional hearing where JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, Nick Jonas, Sugar Ray Leonard and others testified on the need for continued funding for diabetes research. Ben met face to face with Mary Landrieu and with personnel from Bill Cassidy's and David Vitter's offices.  "It was pretty cool meeting Nick Jonas, getting my picture taken with the President and talking with Jared Allen from the Minnesota Vikings.  I also was able to meet a lot of people from across the country who want the same thing...a cure for Diabetes," Ben said. More about Ben

JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world.  It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.  The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.