NC woman to climb Kilimanjaro to focus on diabetes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A Wilmington nurse is planning to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness to a nonprofit searching for a cure for diabetes.

Thea Nunez will be the only American in a group of 20 people who all live with Type 1 diabetes. They're scaling Africa's tallest mountain in June to raise money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a nonprofit working to find a cure.

The 36-year-old Nunez works in the cardiac unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Nunez was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 6. In middle school, she took three or four shots a day. Now, she wears an insulin pump, watches the carbohydrates she eats and avoids foods with glutens.

Nunez said she will give 80 percent of what she raises to help JDRF.

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