August 20, 2014

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Nonprofit selects Brunswick teen as ambassador

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick teenager has been selected to represent the American Diabetes Association in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Cleveland this fall.

Jacob Vadini, 14, joined the Diabetes Association this year after he was asked to serve as the nonprofit’s “ambassador” in the Oct. 12 march.

Jacob Vadini

“I’m excited to lead the walk, raise money and awareness about diabetes,” said Jacob, who has diabetes. “I hope to be a role model for other kids living with diabetes, and show them how they can live normal lives with diabetes.”

Jacob was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 3 years old. Type 1 diabetes causes the body to not produce insulin, requiring him to constantly balance his insulin levels.

“We were devastated by the diagnosis, until we became more educated about diabetes and knew Jacob could live a normal life,” said Jacob’s mother, Michelle Vadini. “Everything changed because we all had to learn the signs.”

His mother said she hopes Jacob can serve as a strong role model for other children with diabetes.

“We want other children living with diabetes to know that they can play sports and be normal, as long as they are careful and aware,” Michelle Vadini said.

For more information on the event, visit www.diabetes.org/stepoutcleveland.

The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will be Oct. 12 at the Galleria at Erieview.