November is National Diabetes Month, and students at Babler Elementary have come together to not only raise money for research but also help a fellow classmate.
The Babler “Girls on the Run” team has been collecting “Dollars for Diabetes” in honor of Babler fourth-grade student Raquel Gebel. Proceeds will benefit The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation and Washington University School of Medicine in their fight against Wolfram syndrome – the most severe form of diabetes.
“My brother, J.T. Snow, and I started a foundation in order to help raise money and awareness for a disease that few people knew about,” explained Raquel’s mother, Stephanie, on The Jack and J.T. Snow Foundation website. “I am very grateful that Raquel attends such a great school district!”
Students have been raising money through raffle tickets, “Roses for Raquel” pens and through the “Run for Raquel.” The entire school took part in a mile run on Nov. 7 at the school’s track.
Raquel is the granddaughter of the late Jack Snow, the “Voice of the Rams.” She was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.