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Riding toward a cure

Motorcycle fundraiser to benefit camp funds

Last year motorcyclists enjoyed the scenic ride from West Boylston to Camp Joslin in Charlton. (click for larger version)
September 19, 2011
CHARLTON — When Jay Hamm was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes four years ago, his life changed.

No longer a carefree 11-year-old, the reality of his disease made Hamm have to worry about things most kids don't even think about.

"It's something I had to learn how to manage," said Hamm, who's now 15 and a sophomore at Leicester High School.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables the body to use glucose, or sugar, for energy. Instead the glucose backs up in the bloodstream. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes, which is treatable only with insulin, which must be delivered through multiple daily injections or with an insulin pump.

"It's 24/7, you can't take a day off," Hamm's father, Joe, said of his son's illness.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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