Son Makes JDRF Walk Personal for KSTP Anchor Egert

February 13, 2018 07:52 PM

When 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS morning anchor Chris Egert learned his son had type 1 diabetes, his family's life changed. 

Dakota was diagnosed in the summer of 2014. He's now 12 years old. Like most kids his age, he plays sports and stays active with his friends. 

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"The more they're moving, the better their blood sugars are," Egert said. 

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Exercise is good for kids with type 1 diabetes, but not always easy. A day of skiing with friends, for example, is fun, but comes with added caution for Dakota, necessary awareness for his friends, and worry for his parents. 

"Wouldn't that be a great day when you don't ever have to worry about your pump breaking when you're skiing because there's been a cure?" Egert asked his son on the ski hill after a close call with his insulin pump. 

"Yeah, that'd be great," Dakota replied. 

It's a day like this that keeps the Egert family searching for a cure. They'll join thousands of others at Mall of America on Feb. 24 to walk for a world without type 1 diabetes. 

"I think it's just great that so many people come to support raising money for diabetes," Dakota said.

The annual JDRF One Walk raises awareness and money toward a cure. It also builds community for families like the Egerts. 

"We see so many people and so many families who we've become friends with," Egert said. "It's important to talk out the struggles that we have with managing type 1 diabetes and to have these kinds of relationships."

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Chris Egert, along with co-anchor Megan Newquist will lead this year's walk. 

"I'm hopeful that someday there's going to be, if not a cure, there's going to be an advancement in the technology to a point that it's going to change these kids' and adults' lives forever, and that's why we walk," Egert said. 

Sign up with Team KSTP to join the fight. 

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Lisa Schwartz

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