Never Alone with Diabetes
When Hunter Souders, 16, of Houston, Tex. was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes eight years ago, not only was his family heartbroken, they were scared and overwhelmed.
Luckily, the Souders quickly learned that they weren’t alone in facing this disease. “We had a fantastic diabetes nurse educator who encouraged us to contact the American Diabetes Association,” she said.
Hunter’s Heroes Step Out to Fight Diabetes
The Souders were introduced to Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes (then known as America’s Walk for Diabetes) and have been walking ever since.
“Hunter decided to make a commitment to find a cure for diabetes and wanted to do the Walk,” said Lee Ann. “Our family made a commitment to support Hunter in his cause.”
As team captain, Hunter leads his team, Hunter’s Heroes, as they raise money and awareness about diabetes through Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes each year. In 2007 Hunter’s Heroes raised more than $11,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
“My team is made up of my family and friends,” said Hunter. “I asked them the first year to walk with me and we all had a great time together. Each year our team gets bigger and everyone is always so supportive. It’s just a lot of fun! “
An Example for Others
In 2008, the city of Houston recognized Hunter and the difference he’s making for diabetes.
Houston Mayor Bill White declared July 21, Hunter Souders’ Day in recognition for raising more than $60,000 for the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes over the past seven years. In honor of his day, Hunter also got to throw out the first pitch at the Houston Astro’s baseball game.
“I was shocked at first, but it was an awesome experience,” said Hunter. “It made me feel like we’re really making a difference.”
To learn more about Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and how to form you own Family and Friends team, visit www.diabetes.org/stepout or call 1-888-DIABETES.
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