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March 21, 2014

Raising juvenile diabetes awareness

The community will be coming together to support juvenile diabetes awareness and research on Saturday, April 5 when The Amazing Walk will be held at Howar Junior High in Centerville from 9-11 a.m.

Local eighth grader Maggie Cowan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was eight years old and over the years she and her supporters have traveled to Des Moines to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s fundraising walk. However, this year the walk is on the same day as Cowan’s eighth grade graduation dance, so the family decided to organize a local walk.

The walk will consist of a one mile trail outside, but walkers will also be able to walk inside the new junior high gym depending on the weather or if that is their preference. Individuals and teams interested are asked to pre-register by Wednesday, March 26 with Maggie’s mother, Melanie Cowan, at (641) 895-0985 or by e-mail at melcow64@hotmail.com. However walkers may also register the morning of the walk at the event.

If anyone is interested in donating to the cause but doesn’t want to walk, they may make donations online at www.walk.jdrf.org under the team name Magamoo’s Walkers. The team will also be selling T-shirts for around $15 a piece to raise money. They can be ordered the day of the walk or order’s can be placed ahead of time by contacting Melanie Cowan.

The family has also partnered with Maddison Lange, who has decided to promote juvenile diabetes awareness as her platform in a series of pageants she has competed in. Lange competed in the National American Miss Iowa pageant in 2012 and again in 2013, when she won the pageant. She went on to place in the top 10 at the national competition held in November of 2013 in California.

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