Last month, 10-year-old Savannah Friedman’s team in her fourth JDRF One Walk raised more than $28,000. Since 2016, Savannah’s Stars team has raised more than $100,000 for JDRF, which funds research to prevent, treat and cure Type 1 diabetes.
Friedman, from Sandy Springs, was diagnosed with that form of diabetes three years ago. She and her family started the walk team soon afterwards. Savannah wears an insulin pump, does five to 10 finger pokes a day to check her blood sugar, and carefully measures the food that she eats to get the right amount of insulin, said her mother, Dana.
Savannah helps design her team’s T-shirt every year and she hosts a yearly fundraiser at her local Chipotle restaurant. This year’s walk in heavy rain and cold wind Oct. 19 in Centennial Olympic Park didn’t stop Savannah’s Stars from walking with thousands of others, Dana Friedman said.