Annabelle's Avengers run for a cure

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

The Adkinsons were lucky, and today their daughter is an active and healthy 12-year-old, with just a few adjustments made to the family's lifestyle. She is on a pump and doing great, said Erin.

"She makes straight As in school, we have a support group, and we visit other families with children who have been newly-diagnosed with the disease," she said. 

In addition, Annabelle plays volleyball, and is a beauty queen. She is the reining Junior Miss River City 2013, Junior Miss Queen of Hope 2013, Miss 6th Grade Walton Warriors, and she is preparing for the Miss Northwest Florida pageant.

"She has a light, and is very engaging," the proud mother says of her first-born.

However, there is no cure for the disease and it is something the family will be living with for the rest of their lives.

"It's lonely," Erin says of that reality. "It affects not just the child, but the entire family."

Knowing she cannot be with her daughter all the time, Erin has made sure that everyone knows of Annabelle's diabetes so they can get help if they notice a change in her. And Annabelle has given a presentation to children at her school about diabetes and its symptoms.

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