Facing juvenile diabetes

An 11-year-old Snoqualmie resident named Kylie McLaughlin is using her experience as a child with diabetes to help work toward a cure.

Kylie is the 2007 youth ambassador for the 25th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge race, a yearly fun run that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kylie has lived with diabetes since April 2, 2001, when she was diagnosed, at the age of 5, with type 1 diabetes. Doctors aren't exactly sure what sparks type 1 diabetes, but the condition happens when the body's immune system attacks the pancreas, destroying its ability to make insulin.

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