By WVUA 23 Web Writer Stephanie Behring

More than 640 million of people may be living with diabetes by 2040. Delayed diagnosis means that many people with Type 2 diabetes will suffer from at least one complication by the time they are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Foundation.

World Diabetes Day took place Monday, and the day holds a special place in the hearts of a Tuscaloosa family.

Cameron Crouse was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at just 2 years old. After he was diagnosed, Cameron’s mom, Michelle, started the “Wine for Walk” in Tuscaloosa to raise funds and awareness for others who are facing the same disease.

“The epidemic of diabetes in our country and in our world is really fast and far reaching,” said Crouse. “I know that there are other people out there that aren’t as fortunate as me that have the opportunity to get out and talk to people and educate them on the effects of Type 1 diabetes.”

Now the Crouses work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Promise to Remember Me campaign.

The organization touches millions of Americans facing the struggle of living with diabetes, and the Crouse family is working to reach out to those who may not know much about diabetes.

“What we can do to stop it, working towards the cure, treatment and prevention of the disease are what kind of drives me,” said Crouse.

To learn more about Type 1 diabetes or about how to volunteer, visit JDRF.org. 

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