Diabetic Kids Fight for Normal Lives with Help from JDRF

It's never easy for a parent to watch their child live with a major illness.

Type 1 diabetes is one that children will never grow out of.

A couple of silly cousins, six-year-old Miles Lewis and seven-year-old Will Priest, love to have fun and stay active.

However, Miles, WIll, and Miles' sister, 10-year-old Caroline, all share something in common that isn't so fun: type 1 diabetes.

The mothers, sisters Jennifer Priest and Anne Lewis, say there's been no family history with the disease.

“I think when they're so young, as a parent, you worry about them having this disease for the rest of their life, and just a burden on them when they're children. However, at this point, they don't know a life without it,” says Jennifer.

Even after a simple activity like playing basketball, the kids have to check their blood sugar.

The kids have to prick their fingers and check their blood sugar between six and eight times every day.

Often, they aren't able to keep pace with their friends at school.

“When I have lunch, sometimes if I'm really low, I have to stay in the health room and wait a while," says Will.

However, these kids aren't slowing down without a fight.

Thanks to the support of their families and and help from JDRF, they're going to keep playing like kids.

“We are not alone with this disease. They've gone through and they just have a lot of community outreach and tons of research with new products to help manage diabetes," says Anne.

WOWT NBC Omaha is proud to work with JDRF and served as the media partner for the 17th Annual Promise Gala, which raised more than $700,000.

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