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Syosset Student Raises Thousands

Three years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), Gabriel “Gabe” Rubinsky, a fourth-grader at Berry Hill Elementary School in Syosset, helped to raise $4,275—and counting—toward finding a cure for the disease.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Right now, there is no cure. Gabe, 9, was diagnosed with T1D at the age of six. Since then, he has been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization funding T1D research.

“Though thankfully, Gabe is still leading a healthy, active life, and doing almost everything that he would have otherwise been able to do were it not for this disease, it is still a daily struggle,” the Rubinsky’s say. “So, in efforts to avoid others from going through this, we are taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people’s lives until no one has to fear developing this disease.”

Not only does Gabe serve as a junior ambassador with the organization, but he has also formed a walk team called Gabe’s Babes (& Guys too!) that raises money for research towards finding a cure.

The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes took place Nov. 3 at Bethpage Ballpark, but Gabe’s team will will continue to fundraise through the end of the year. Donations can be made through his team page at www2.jdrf.org/goto/gabesbabes.