2006-05-04 / Health & Wellness
Oak Park students ride for diabetes research
Members of the school's Students for a Cure club participated in the Tour de Cure, a 32-mile ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The course took riders through Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.
"It was fun but kind of strenuous," said Meghan Toomayan, 15, of Oak Park. "I would do it again."
Students for a Cure was established in November to raise awareness of and funding for research to find cures for diabetes, cancer and other diseases affecting millions of children. To raise money for the Tour de Cure, students made hemp bracelets that they sold for $1 each.
The group also held a toy drive for the pediatrics unit of EncinoTarzana Regional Medical Center and served as volunteers for the Great Race of Agoura and the Wellness Community.
"The inspiration for starting the club was my 8-year-old cousin who has diabetes and celiac disease, and all of the other kids who have illnesses they have to deal with," said Danny Fischer, president of Students for a Cure, who started the organization with his sister, Brianna.
"We want to do whatever we can to help," Danny said.