Jackie Wallace stopped fixing hot dogs and root beer floats momentarily when her cellphone rang. On the other end was the school nurse with a daily lunchtime update on her daughter’s insulin levels.
Her daughter, Sara Wallace, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about two years ago, started kindergarten this year. As the nurse gets used to knowing how her body responds to insulin, her mother will get periodic updates.
Parents of children with Type 1 diabetes helped sell hot dogs and floats outside The Fresh Market on Friday. The sale, which continues Saturday and Sunday, supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
For 19 years, The Fresh Market stores across the nation have supported Type 1 diabetes research with its annual Hope Floats campaign. The companywide goal for this year’s campaign is $500,000, said Jason Shuler, the Augusta store assistant manager.
For several weeks, the store has sold small green paper shoes for donations to the fund. A raffle for a purse, jewelry and The Fresh Market gift baskets and gift cards is going on this weekend.
Gretchen Daly’s son, Carter, 11, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 20 months old. Over the years of volunteering her time to raise money for the research foundation, she has witnessed the outcome of grant money, including that directed to doctors at the Medical College of Georgia.
“It’s amazing the advances of research and technology that has changed,” Daly said. She is hoping for even more advances by the time Carter goes to college so she can sleep easier when he is away.