The American Diabetes Association hosted the annual “Step out to Stop” Diabetes Walk at Wolfe Park in East Columbus on Sunday.
The 2-mile walk helps raise money for research and support.
But it's also an inspirational event for those affected by diabetes every day of their life.
Among the thousands of supporters, a small army of family and friends called ‘Andrew's Army’ and ‘Brody's Bunch.' The teams are named after two young boys, both with Type-1 Diabetes.
11-year-old Andrew Fleming and 10-year-old Brody Brown like playing basketball and building legos.
But they bonded over something few adults even understand.
“You have to prick your finger every day before you eat - and get shots," said Brody.
This year, Andrew and Brody joined forces and combined their teams to raise more than $16,000 for juvenile diabetes research.
Families, friends, even man's best friend came together to support a common cause.
Andrew's service dog, Sandy, took part in the walk to help find a cure.
“We're training her to be able to alert me or my mom, when my blood sugar's either high or low," said Andrew.
Brody's mom, Erin, says every step is bittersweet.
"It's sad, too...it's hard,” she said. “You don't want to be there because your child has Type 1 diabetes. It's not something you want for your kid, but we know we have to do it."
At the end of the two mile walk is a finish line, but it doesn't mark the end for these two boys, or their families.
“I think there is a cure within the lifetime of these boys,” said Erin. “I think they're going to get there."
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