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Sugar-free lemonade stand for diabetes awareness

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A Sioux Falls mom and her son are raising funds for Diabetes research and advocacy, this week. 

River McKenzie, 6, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2013. This week, he's holding 'River's 2nd Annual Sugar-Free Lemonade Stand' as a final push ahead of this weekend's Tour de Cure bike ride. The stand can be found on the corner of 22nd Street and Kiwanis Avenue every afternoon this week, weather permitting. His mom, Bethany McKenzie, is also very active and involved in her son's fight. 

"It's 24 hour care which I didn't realize until I became a parent. We check his blood sugar 10-15 times during the day and overnight I check his blood sugar every 2 hours so it doesn't drop too low. That's when it can become dangerous," River's mom Bethany McKenzie said. 

The hot sun was getting to River, Tuesday, and his blood sugar levels started to drop. Something that he will have to deal with until there's a cure. 

"He's had an off day where he started the morning really low, bounced back up to a normal range, then dropped low again then a healthy range. What you're seeing now is he's on the way down. We'll be getting a snack in him before he goes too low," Bethany said. "He's a tough kid that lives well with the disease and takes care of himself."

Meanwhile, they're hoping a little sugar-free lemonade will help them find a cure one sip at a time. 

"We're doing this not to buy toys or games. We are doing this because we have hope that someday we'll have a cure and we're doing our part to fund the research."

Click the following link for Bethany's Facebook page:

For Bethany's blog, visit:  

For more information about Diabetes and to make a donation, visit:

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