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Fraternity donates $5,000 to diabetes fund

Nov. 18, 2010

Juvenile diabetes research receives proceeds of fundraisers from Delta Epsilon Psi

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Makenzie Mason | Lariat Photographer
Susan Cornette, Mrs. Bell County and a representative of the Juevnile Diabetes Research Foundation, speaks to students during a Delta Epsilon Psi Wednesday in the Baines Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

By Carmen Galvan
Staff Writer

The Zeta chapter of Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity donated $5,000 to the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation Wednesday to support research for a juvenile diabetes cure.

This is the largest donation the fraternity has made to date. The money was collected from various fundraisers they organized, said Varun Joseph, president of the Zeta chapter of Delta Epsilon Psi.

The brotherhood presented a representative from the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation with a ceremonial check. The foundation representative, Susan Cornette, who also holds the title of Mrs. Bell County, presented the lecture "Juvenile Diabetes: Its Impact and the Race for a Cure." The ceremony and speech were intended to raise awareness about diabetes as well as offer an opportunity for the foundation to come to campus and speak to students.

"The purpose of this event was to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes so that students can put a face to the disease," Joseph said. "It's not just a statistic, a PowerPoint or a presentation -- we see that in class every day -- but today is to put a face to the event to see how it affects families. We hope you will come away with an understanding and a determination to join us in our cause."

The chapter has organized events such as the Sugar Free bowl, a charity flag football tournament, and Who's Got Game, and a charity basketball tournament, all of which take place every fall and spring semester.

The fraternity also holds smaller events such as car washes, raffles and individual fundraising through family and friends.

In her presentation, Cornette related the impact juvenile diabetes has on those diagnosed.

"There are so many different variables to juvenile diabetes," Cornette said. "Each time blood sugar is too high or too low you can correct it, but it can take a toll on other organs. You can not only lose your eyesight or have kidney failures, but it can shorten your life too."

Cornette also explained the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that is genetically transferred. It is not preventable and has no cure, unlike type 2 diabetes, which is developed through time by bad diet and a lack of exercise.

Although currently there is no cure for juvenile diabetes, Cornette said each day brings researchers one step closer to finding one.

"Seeing the impact makes anyone become passionate about finding a cure, and these kids are longing for a cure," Cornette said. "And I truly believe we're getting that much closer to a cure every day."

Plano sophomore Rayyan Islam, a member of the Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity, said he hopes the event serves as a reminder to others about the impact of juvenile diabetes.

"It's so rewarding to finally get to see a face with where this money is going," Islam said. "Knowing where it goes motivates me to work harder each year and to create bigger and better events. It was a great reminder of what we give to but also to show other where it's going; it's a collaborative effort and the event catered to that."