Palmer, NE According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes in America annually.
In 2009, 11 year old Reilly Donscheski was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. But she is not letting it stop her from being her normal, happy self.
"I'm kind of used to it because I've had it ever since kindergarten and I have to check myself every day," said Reilly.
In fact, her teacher Mr. Rolf said Reilly has become more responsible while learning to live with diabetes.
"It's made her more responsible and I think her classmates feed off that a little bit so she's actually teaching her peers without even really knowing it because they like 'Oh man, she has to do this, maybe it's not so bad for me to just make my bed every morning. There's a lot more she has to deal with, so I think if she can do it I can do it too'," said 5th grade teacher Brandon Rolf.
With everything Reilly has gone through, the community of Palmer was happy to come together for its 3rd straight year in support of juvenile diabetes research.
"We are setting up a raffle table with items that have been donated and at halftime we will walk around the football field in support of juvenile diabetes," said Veronica Lane, Reilly's aunt who also works at the school and helps Reilly with any issues during the school day.
An additional $2,500 was donated by Hog Run in support.
With all the support the community of Palmer showed on a football Friday, Reilly and her family were very appreciative.
Reilly's mother Tabitha said, "Kind of amazing every year when we do this how much everybody gives in. It just shows how much support you get from a small community."
"It feels good that people give us money and help us support all this," added Reilly.