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NEISD walks to stop diabetes

DATE: Nov. 3
TIME: 9 am
LOCATION: At&t center

“North East ISD is committed to creating and sustaining a healthy environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Gottardy. “Because diabetes is such an epidemic in our community, we strongly feel that our support of the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event will help encourage and motivate our community to continue looking for ways to stay healthy while fundraising for a cure for the disease that affects so many.”

The NEISD community came out to support the Diabetes Walk on Nov. 3 at the AT&T Center. The Walk raised funds to help find a cure and raise awareness about this devastating disease.

At the walk: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Ethan Tobias (6th grader at Bradley), and Elizabeth Tobias, Ethan's mom and American Diabetes Association Senior Executive DirectorPatti Rushing, NEISD Library Services, Dr. G.

At the walk...
LEFT: Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent of schools; Ethan Tobias, sixth grader at Bradley Middle School; and Elizabeth Tobias, Ethan's mom and American Diabetes Association senior executive director
RIGHT: Marie King, executive assistant to the superintendent; Patti Jo Rushing, Teacher Resource Center clerk; and Dr. Gottardy at the walk.

NEISD has many students, faculty, and staff members who are affected by type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. According to statistics, about 7,600 of our own NEISD community is affected by diabetes and as many as 19,000 have pre-diabetes.

Longs Creek Elementary School student Anica Castillo served as the youth ambassador for the event. Anica was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just three years old. She hopes for a cure so she doesn’t have to prick her fingers anymore or receive injections several times a day. Her mom and dad say it would mean no longer having to worry about low blood glucose putting their daughter into a coma while she sleeps at night. Anica and her family know first-hand how diabetes can affect a family, and what complications of unmanaged diabetes can lead to. Join Anica, her family, and the American Diabetes Association as we rally together to Stop Diabetes.

When asked about what a cure would mean to her, Anica said, “No more shots. No more pricking my finger. I could go to sleepovers again.”

Longs Creek student, youth ambassador featured on news

One of our very own Longs Creek Elementary School students has been chosen by ADA as the Youth Ambassador for this year’s event. Anica Castillo, a fourth grade student living with type 1 diabetes, will represent her family, friends, community, and most importantly, other children who are affected by diabetes. We will walk with her to raise awareness about diabetes and help raise funds for diabetes research.

Anica shared her story while being featured on the Fox KABB morning show on Tuesday, Oct. 16. To see her interview, visit:


For more information, contact Rachel Naylor at 491-6100.

Posted on September 24, 2012