More than 1,000 students, athletes, parents, teachers and community members walked for their health and the health of others Friday, as Little Cypress Intermediate School was the site of the fifth annual Diabetes Walk and Blood Drive.

“Our goal was to have 1,500 participants, receive 80 pints of blood and raise $10,000 in six and a half hours,” said Kelly Meadows, LC Intermediate nurse. 

She and partner Shari Morby, school nurse at Little Cypress Elementary, have built the event from a way for students to raise money and learn about diabetes prevention, to one that involves the whole community and received a proclamation from the Orange County commissioners naming March 26 “Orange County Diabetes Day.”

The event also presents health education information from several organizations. Members of the Marines Corps let students see how many chin-ups they could do, and Health Occupation Students of America checked height and weight. Water and fruit slices were available to keep participants hydrated and refreshed.

Students had cards punched each time they made a lap. At the end of the day, those with the most holes punched would receive prizes.

At the end of the day, they exceeded their goal for blood, collecting 88 pints. Final totals put them over 1,100 participants and raising over $6,000.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.