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Jackson students with diabetes work to raise awareness

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Two Jackson Middle School students are raising awareness about a cause close to their hearts.

After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in first grade, they've joined together to contribute to a cure.

At six years old, Bethan Masters learned she was diabetic. Just three days later, classmate Cooper Childers got the same diagnosis.

They've been through the battle together.

Bethan was first to get her pump and sensor with Cooper following soon after.

They know the struggles of daily finger pricks to test blood sugar levels and counting carbs in each meal, but they share something else.

Together they've created Team Bethan-Cooper to sells T-shirts and bracelets to raise money to find a cure.

"I think it's important because if they find a cure it could be for us or it could be for kids after us," said Bethan.

"It just feels good to help other kids and it feels great to know I'm getting this money for a good cause," said Cooper.

So far, Team Bethan-Cooper has raised $1,400 this year.

But they want to reach $1,500 before the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk in St. Louis this weekend.

Click here if you want to buy a T-shirt or just donate to their cause.

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