Manahawkin Girl with Diabetes Raises Funds for JDRF

9-year-old Lyndsey Clarke has had diabetes since she was 10 months old

If you like flapjacks and want to help out a good cause, come out on Saturday to the Applebee's Flapjack Breakfast: Pre-walk Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Fundraiser for "Lyndsey Lion-Heart."

The fundraiser is designed to raise funds that will go toward the JDRF, and recognizes 9-year-old Manahawkin resident Lyndsey Clarke. Lyndsey has had Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes since she was 10 months old, and participates in the walk every year.

"When I run a low sugar I get dizzy, see weird colors, feel weak and get bad headaches," Lyndsey said in a press release about the fundraiser. "When I run high I get so thirsty and words get blurry. This is why I really want a cure."

In an interview with Patch, Lyndsey's mother Debbie said that Lyndsey's team has raised thousands over the years toward meet the goal of finding a cure. 

"We've raised almost $50,000 since she started," said Debbie. 

The fundraiser will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Applebees at 205 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Tickets are $10 each and include full breakfast, drinks and entertainment by DJ Mike by Jersey Shore entertainment.

There will also be various raffles, a children's toy auction, a 50/50 and bracelet and JDRF silly band sales. A response is requested by 5 p.m. September 12, so that an accurate head count can be tallied. Contact Debbie Clarke at (609) 978-5790 or (609) 290-2804 for details.

The walk is scheduled for Sept. 30, in Seaside Heights, and people interested in signing up for the walk can also contact Debbie at the telephone numbers above or by emailing Daaclarke1@comcast.net.

Those interested in sponsoring Lyndsey can also make donations at her fund-raising page:
http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-NJ/Chapter-entralJersey4376?px=1508119&pg=personal&fr_id=1783, or checks can be made out to JDRF, 740 Broad Street, Suite 4, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702. Donations should include the team name, ‘Lyndsey Lion-Heart’ in the memo of the check. 

The team also has a Paypal account, which can be used to donate to the breakfast or the walk. Please leave a message via Paypal with an email address for tickets at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SS424MCPSA87W

Deb Clarke September 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Thank you so much Colleen for getting this article on here so perfectly and quickly for us! We really appreciate it. You are amazing!
Marie Elena O'Connor September 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
What is the date of the Breakfast Fundraiser at Applebee's?
Colleen Platt September 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hello Deb, glad to help out! Marie, the breakfast is on Saturday the 15th. Thanks for reading! - Colleen


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