The Florida Southern women's soccer team participated in the JDRF One Walk in Tampa on Saturday, a 5K charity walk to support funding for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. For the Moccasins, the walk has taken on added significance since sophomore Dominique Cirnigliaro is among those diagnosed with T1D and serves as a Global Ambassador for Team Type 1 Foundation.
T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and there is currently no cure. Those with T1D must constantly monitor their blood-sugar level, rely on injected or infused insulin, and carefully monitor their eating and activity, day and night.
"The love and support my team has shown me during my highs and lows (pun intended) cannot be expressed in words," Cirnigliaro said. "I am so thankful my whole entire team was at the JDRF walk to represent Team Type 1 foundation along with me."
Each year, JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family-friendly event gives people with T1D and their friends, family and co-workers the opportunity to raise money for life-changing T1D research. To date, JDRF has raised $2 billion for research while making significant progress in understanding and funding this disease.
For more information, visit the JDRF One Walk website.