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It’s official!

I’m officially a full-time journalist, again!

Check out my first story for the Redmond Reporter:

Redmond teens spreading awareness about diabetes

With nearly 24 million people in the United States living with diabetes and more than 186,000 of them younger than 20 years old, a group of Redmond teens are working to spread awareness about the disease.

Fourteen-year-olds Julie Tramp, Andrew Sundene, Christoph Myer and Emma Calvert and 16-year-olds Jessica Tramp and Erin Saunderson have known each other since they attended Ben Rush Elementary School together. But more importantly, they are all diabetic — most since before they turned 7.

This commonality among them prompted the teens to approach Redmond Mayor John Marchione with a request to proclaim November National Diabetes Month in Redmond.

Marchione, 45, who was diagnosed with diabetes at 38, readily agreed. On Tuesday, the mayor met with the six teens to sign a proclamation declaring next month National Diabetes Month. In addition to being diabetic, Marchione had one more thing in common with the youths. He is a Ben Rush alum as well.

“I was in the first kindergarten class when the school opened,” he told the teens during the proclamation signing. “So getting an e-mail from some Ben Rush kids was cool.”

To read the rest of the article, click here.

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