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‘Marchers For Maya’ seeking donations for diabetes fundraising walk
Maya Webster needs donations for her diabetes fundraising team, Marchers for Maya, so she can help find the cure for diabetes.
Maya Webster needs donations for her diabetes fundraising team, Marchers for Maya, so she can help find the cure for diabetes. File/Evan Saunders

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Maya Webster is looking for donations to raise money for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

The walk, happening on Sept. 11 at Centennial Sports Park in Virgil, brings Canadians from across the country together to raise money to accelerate the pace of Type 1 diabetes research.

Maya Webster is a 10-year-old advocate fighting to find a cure for diabetes. 

Her walking team, Marchers for Maya, has already raised more than $650 in online donations, but is aiming higher with a goal of $1,000.

Earlier this year, after a long campaign, Maya helped convince the Ontario government  to cover the cost of continuous glucose monitoring systems for many patients.

She also has become a youth ambassador for JDRF – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – and has educated thousands of people about the reality of living with Type 1 diabetes.

The walk aims to raise funds for JDRF, also known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The non-profit organization helps raise awareness on Type 1 diabetes and supports those with the condition.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, participants will get to take part in a day full of activities, prizes, crafts and unity, all while supporting the cause.

Maya’s mom, Christi Webster, said the day is a great way for kids with Type 1 diabetes to come together and it helps to remind them there are so many others on the same journey.

“It’s a great way for us to connect with other Type 1 families and is a great way to meet new people,” she said.

“It’s just an awesome day and we have a lot of fun doing it.”

Donations to Maya’s team can be made at https://jdrf.akaraisin.com/ui/jdrfwalk2022/p/9a72b7fa729e46b4a78451d329d7ed94

Volunteers for the day are also appreciated and are encouraged to contact Christi Webster via Christijv@hotmail.com.