Valley teen determined to 'Summit Diabetes' in fundraising, awareness campaign

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX --On July 16, a Valley teen and her older brother will begin a three-week long backpacking trek along the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Yosemite National Park to the top of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mount Whitney, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Haley Maurice, 15, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8. Ever since she has been relentlessly pursuing a cure for diabetes, volunteering for JDRF and walking each year to raise thousands towards research for a cure.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. They plan to document the entire trip and share it with everyone as an effort to spread awareness.

Haley's upcoming trek, which has been dubbed "Summit Diabetes," is her latest and most extraordinary effort to do her part in finding a cure.

Her 22-year-old brother, Ethan, is joining her on the adventure.

If you would like to contribute to Haley's fundraising efforts, check out SummitDiabetes.com.

Follow Haley's and Ethan's trek via Facebook.com.SummitDiabetes and Twitter.com/SummitDiabetes. They'll also be posting to Instagram.com/summitdiabetes.

To learn more about JDRF or type 1 diabetes, go to JDRF.org.