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Drive to fight juvenile diabetes

Published 2:20pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

The first annual Drive in Together for a Cure for juvenile diabetes will take place Saturday at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville from 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

The event was set up by a local family known as Team GR8 N8. Brian Hargrave’s son Nathan has had juvenile diabetes for four years. He was diagnosed at age six.

“We want to be vocal and visual advocates for Type 1 diabetes,” Brian said.

Nathan’s sister Niccolette came up with the idea to hold a car and bike show to raise money for her brother’s cause. She was inspired by going to car shows with her father.

“It has been more challenging than I had ever imagined, but I have met some wonderful people that have taken me under their wing to help this be a successful event,” Niccolette said.

All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

There will be a wide variety of activities including auto cross with the Twickenham Auto Club, and a car show.

The Rocket City Titans will be participating by holding a football game at 7 p.m. at the stadium.

The car show will feature many awards including best in show, most awesome sound, kid’s choice, best paint, best interior and best exterior.

The event is family friendly and will have games, face painting and special prizes for the kids

Along with the events, there will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, trophy awards and a Best of Show that will be announced at halftime with a victory lap.

Hardgrave said his family chose the JDRF organization because they put 85% of every dollar into research resulting in wonderful technology like insulin pumps and glucose monitors.

The Hardgrave’s said they would like to help other families be aware and learn about diabetes.

“As a family we have gotten into some great support groups like JDRF and Hot Shots, a local outreach group,” Brian said. “These groups have helped us get to know other families like ours which has helped us learn about how diabetes is different in each stage of life and what to expect.”

Volunteers are still needed for the event. For more information, contact diabetes@flipbit.com or visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/drivein4acure.

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