USM fraternity donate to foundation to help Hattiesburg resident

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Several sororities and fraternities at the University of Southern Mississippi gathered early Saturday morning for a day of competition.

The organizations took part in the Delt-JDRF Sports Challenge, where they competed against others in several different sporting events.

Hosted by Delta Tau Delta, all proceeds went towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"JDRF is the leading nongovernmental funder in Type 1 Diabetes research in the whole world and so every year we raise billions of dollars to search for a cure and we plan on getting there," said Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Executive Director, Valerie Linn.

The foundation helps individuals such as Hattiesburg resident Shelby Young, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

"I'm just so glad to be able to do this because I know JDRF is really close to finding a cure for what I have and what billions of other children have," said Shelby Young.

Not only did the fraternity donate $1,550 dollars to research, but also helped with improving the life of Shelby Young. 

"We're just glad that we were able to help out Shelby and also help out the JDR Foundation and we look forward to helping out the other philanthropies as they come to us," said Delt-JDRF Sports Challenge Director, Destin Guillot.

In July, a little after Shelby was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, her dog Ransom saved her life. If it wasn't for Ransom alerting Shelby's parents, they would have never known her sugar level was extremely low.

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