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Five-year-old Diabetes Patient Raises Money for The Sanford Project

Emma Beyers was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks after turning two, but that hasn’t stopped this little girl from fighting.

The Sanford Project, which was announced in June, 2008, will focus on finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes through beta cell regeneration. This goal has an aggressive timeline: to find the cure during Mr. Sanford’s lifetime!

Emma Beyers was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks after turning two, but that hasn’t stopped this little girl from fighting. At age five, she is raising money for The Sanford Project, the flagship research project of Sanford Health dedicated to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Last summer, Emma and her twin sister, Claire, worked with their mother to sell root beer floats, sundaes, cones and freezies at a baseball game in their hometown of Roscoe. After selling out of ice cream, Emma and her family made $114.43. Emma presented the check to Sanford in March to help find a cure for her disease.

“I had always wanted to raise money for diabetes and I decided it was time, since that hits us at home everyday,” Emma’s mother, Nichole, said. “I was so happy to hear that Sanford had chosen diabetes as The Sanford Project! I thought that it would be a perfect place to send our money.”

It can be difficult for anyone to bear the burden of diabetes, but Emma is certain there will be a cure.

“When there is cure, I won’t need shots anymore!” Emma said.