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Student goes ‘24 miles in 24 hours’ to fight diabetes

Francis Howell Central junior Emma Sieveking was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes six years ago. 

To honor her battle with diabetes, Sieveking organized a “24 miles in 24 hours” challenge and raised money for the Francis Howell School District’s Friends of Children fund.

Just two weeks after Sieveking received her diagnosis in 2014, she started public school for the first time at Francis Howell. 

Francis Howell Central junior Emma Sieveking
Francis Howell Central junior Emma Sieveking is fundraising for her district’s Friends of Children fund after being diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes six years ago. (Source: Francis Howell School District)

“It was really nerve-wracking adjusting to a different environment and then coming in with a brand-new disability,” said Sieveking. 

This year, Sieveking gathered a small group of some of her greatest supporters to run 24 miles in 24 hours. The group was able to raise over $1,000 for the Friends of Children fund.

The charity, which is administered by the Francis Howell Education Association, exists to provide necessary supplies for Francis Howell students to participate and succeed in school, and funds to assist families in financial crisis with food, children’s clothing, children’s medical care, and expenses related to shelter and safety.

“Many diabetics ration their insulin because of financial issues, lack of insurance, and the astronomical cost of insulin and supplies,” said Sieveking. “I was really excited when I heard that Friends of Children would actually be helping people right around me with funds for their medicine.”

Sieveking hopes that her donation and the support of Friends of Children can remind other students that “anything is possible with the right mindset and having the right people in your corner.”

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