The PC Volleyball Team is taking part in the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes in Columbia, SC on November 3, 2013. Fans are encouraged to join them Saturday or support them with a donation. To donate, go to http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=2464&pg=entry and search for PC Volleyball. Fans can donate on behalf of their favorite player or make a team donation.
The Blue Hose are supporting this cause for senior middle blocker Andrea Barman, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. T1D cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Barman was diagnosed on August 7th, 1997 - twenty-four days before turning five. While many people believe that insulin she takes is a cure for diabetes, it is only a way to manage the disease and try to prevent its complications. That is why her teammates and head coach Korrinn Burgess are committed to helping Barman and to JDRF - the only global organization with a strategic plan to fight T1D. JDRF raises funds for research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone.
Barman and her teammates are joining the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes to help raise funds for the research that will help her continue to live a healthier and safer life while scientists search for a cure.