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Girl on a mission helps brings diabetes awareness to Coeur d'Alene

Girl on a mission helps brings diabetes awareness to Coeur d'Alene

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - November is Diabetes Awareness Month, but it has its own week in Coeur D'Alene, thanks to one girl with a mission.

Hailie Velasco has a lot going on.

She's a black belt in taekwondo, she loves her dog, and, in her spare time, she's committed to raising awareness about diabetes, a disease she was diagnosed with two years ago.

"I don't like going through it, but I try to stay strong just for everybody," Velasco said.

KXLY introduced her to you last year, when her community fund raised enough money for a medical device to help monitor Hailie's blood sugar.

"I know that all of the people, some I don't even know, they support me in everything I do," she said.

They also raised enough money for a second kind of monitor... Rory, Hailie's Diabetic Alert dog.

"When I get high or low, she will paw me. She gets more antsy when I'm low," Velasco said.

Diabetes is a lot to deal with, especially for a ten-year-old full of energy and ideas.

"I just know that I have a lot of supporters not just in my family but my friends," she said.

But, she knows she's not alone in her struggle. 29.1 million people in the Unites States struggle with some type of diabetes.

So, Hailie wanted to do something about that.

"Hailie went down to the City Council and did a proclamation with them to make a week in November 'Diabetic Awareness week,' said Hailie's mom, Lyndsey Osborn.

One year later, dozens of friends and fellow diabetics gathered at the Coeur D'Alene Resort to seal the deal.

The resort will shine blue lights this week, celebrating both those who struggle with the diabetes and advocates like Velasco, who refuse to let it be ignored.

"I don't want any other kid to have to go through what I go through everyday because it's hard," she said.