"Downhill For Diabetes" Raises Money For Cure at Pico Mtn.

By Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv

Published 02/09 2014 06:47PM

Updated 02/09 2014 06:51PM


Lynn and Brad Pratt started "Downhill For Diabetes" in early 2011 to honor their daughter, Ashley.

Since then, they've raised nearly $30,000 to find a cure.

8 – year old Ashley Pratt, of Pawlet, Vermont, was 5 years old when her parents rushed her to the emergency room.

“It was shocking but we actually got really lucky when we brought her in,” said Lynn Pratt, Ashley’s mother. “They told us that if we had waited much longer, she would have been really in bad shape.”

Turns out, she has a severe case of Type I Diabetes.

Since her diagnosis, Ashley has her blood sugar checked nearly 2 dozen times a day to make sure it's not too high or too low.

"We wake up at least once or twice every night to test her overnight,” explained Lynn Pratt.

So to turn her diagnosis into something positive, Ashley's parents started the "Downhill For Diabetes" event at Pico Mountain at Killington just months after her diagnosis in 2010.

“The first year we made $8,500 and we just keep going from there,” said Lynn Pratt.

She's not kidding. Not even counting this year's event, Downhill For Diabetes has raised just under $30,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

$12,000 this year came from the Poultney High School Boys Basketball Team. The team raised money for Laura Winters, who is also a Type I Diabetic.

“It's something that you can't control,” said Alphonso Howlett, Poultney Boys Basketball Coach. “So as long as there's ways to help cure her and try to make a positive impact, on a young girl's life, or anyone that has it, we feel like we always have to do whatever we can to help."

And so are the Pratts.

Proud of their daughter, proud of the success of their event and proud of the hope they spread, in finding a cure.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is always striving to find a cure.

So if you'd like to donate to it or Downhill For Diabetes, it's not too late.

Just head to http://www.donationsfordiabetes.org/. There’s an ongoing raffle to benefit the organization. Prizes include resort stays! Deadline is March 1st.

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