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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Students raise over $4000 for diabetes research

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The Connell School chapter of the national Student Nurses Association (SNA) raised over $4000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during the Walk for Diabetes in October, the most the SNA has raised for any event to date. The SNA has participated in a diabetes walk for the past three years; last year they chose to walk for the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes.

"Diabetes is an issue that affects many people and as nursing students, we want to show our support for fighting it," says Kristin Ferguson, president of the Boston College SNA chapter.

Each student worked on an individual basis to solicit donations for the event. The average amount raised per walker was between $50 and $100, but Amanda Fabian and Sarah Belden were the top contributors for the team, with respective totals of $2,020 and $625. "Some of the girls who participated have diabetes or roommates with diabetes, so they felt particularly strongly about the issue of raising money," notes Ferguson.

As many as 3 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, a disease most often diagnosed in childhood. Diabetes lasts a lifetime and carries with it the threat of deadly complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation. The Walk for Diabetes draws people together to raise money in order to help find a cure for diabetes and its complications through research.

The walk was held on October 4th, 2008 at the Boston DCR Hatch Shell around the Charles River. Students who participated were Kristin Ferguson '09, Sarah Belden '11, Laura Bloomer '11, Jacquelyn Clancy '11, Erin Engstrom '12, Kristin Gambardella '12, Kelly Leonard '12, Elizabeth Long '10, Lauren MacQueen '12, Camille Maddox '10, Christine Mahoney '11, Cristina Manzano '12, Caroline McEnery '12, Amy McGinty '11, Megan Neuberger '11, Lauren Nicolosi '12, Nicole Poulos '11, Meghan Reading '12, Katherine Reicher '10, Allison Sandler '12, Hillary Seniuk '12, Amanda Terzian '12, Catherine Walker '11, Amanda Fabian '11 (School of Education), Bridget O'Donnell '12 (College of Arts and Science), Katharine Starrett '12 (School of Management), and Laura Belden (sister of Sarah Belden).