Big Hearts: Abilene girl serves as diabetes ambassador

ABILENE, TEXAS (KTAB) - Avery Clark is like many 11-year-olds. She likes to spend time with her friends, play games,and attend youth group at her church.

But this week she’s planning a big party. She's excited about it, "Seeing how all the decorations go together and seeing how much everyone enjoys it."

All super heroes and princesses are invited.

"There's five different tables that I got to decorate. We're having a Cinderella slipper filled with blue pebbles and has Cinderella on it," adds Clark.

It’s not her birthday but instead an opportunity to help families just like hers, "All the money that we raise goes to research for a cure or medical devices that will help you manage, I guess you could say, your diabetes."

Avery Clark has Diabetes type-1. Her body has stopped producing insulin.

Samantha Clark, Avery's mother says, "She would get so low sometimes that she physically could not move. Whenever her blood sugar is really high, she feels terrible."

She’s only known about it since August of last year.

"It's been hard. Cause there are somethings I can't really do as much anymore," adds Clark.

"I don't feel like she manages it. I feel like she tackles it., " says Avery's Pastor, Michael Cleveland, at River of Life Church in Abilene.

Even Cleveland knows that despite some limitations, Clark is one strong young lady, "It’s encouraging. It’s inspiring. It’s amazing."

"Avery has handled this amazingly. She's had so much grace and bravery through the whole thing. She's never asked, why me," says Samantha Clark, Avery's Mother.

The party is Saturday, November 11th from two to five pm at the Place at 401 Loop 322. The cost is $15 dollars at the door. The money will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, known as the J-D-R-F.

Tickets in advance are $13 online. You can find out more information on the Up, Up, and Away with Juvenile Diabetes Super Hero/Princess Party Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1717311051910381


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