Egg Crack Challenge raises Type 1 diabetes awareness

BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In light of last year’s success with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there is a new viral fundraiser that is catching on: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Egg Crack Challenge.”

Cracking an egg on your head isn’t as easy as you may think. Just like it’s not easy living with Type 1 diabetes.

“You’re constantly checking your blood sugar,” Jordan Malcott said. “I usually check about up to 10 times a day and I always have to make sure I take my insulin before meals.”

Malcott is part of a support group with the Georgia chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All of the kids who are with the group know what it is like to live the condition.

“Sometimes diabetes makes me sad when all my other friends get to have, like cupcakes or something and I can’t because I have to check my sugar,” Destinee Bouvia said.

Diabetes can be a tough issue to crack and there are some common misconceptions.

“Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. There’s nothing that can be done to prevent it and there’s no cure,” Belinda Enamorado with the Georgia chapter of JDRF said. “Type 2, there is sometimes a genetic factor involved, but most of the time it can be controlled with diet and exercise and medication.”

To bring awareness to this cause, the organization is issuing a challenge in honor of Will Hauver, a young man who passed away this year from the disease.

“Basically you take an egg and smash it on your head,” Enamorado said. “The concept is crack, nominate someone, and donate to JDRF.”

The challenge is going viral. So far, it has raised almost $65,000. That money will go to research to find a cure for this invisible illness.

“I can look like I’m perfectly fine, but really I’m not because my blood sugar is high or low and it just makes you feel terrible,” Malcott said.

“Why I want to do this is to find a cure for diabetes so the diabetes can go away and I can be normal again and I can eat cupcakes with my friends,” Bouvia said.

Until then, these kids are keeping their outlook sunny side up.

“Managing Type 1 diabetes is not easy, but they can absolutely do anything,” Enamorado said. “It doesn’t have to hold them back.”

According to JDRF, approximately three million Americans may have Type 1 diabetes and 15% of them are children.

Click here to learn more about the disease and warning signs. Click here to learn how you can donate to the cause.

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