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December 9, 2012

Lockport teacher's book raising diabetes awareness

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 850,000 to 1.7 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Of those, about 125,000 are kids 19 and under. An additional 30,000 Americans develop Type 1 diabetes every year, 13,000 of whom are children.

“You just don’t hear about children being afflicted,” he said.

The Saraf family has done a number of fundraisers for diabetes awareness. Every year the family hosts a golf tournament at Willowbrook and works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Saraf has also reached out to some celebrities who deal with diabetes, such as Bret Michaels and Ray Allen, whose son was diagnosed.

A portion of the proceeds from Saraf’s book will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Putting the book together was a year-long process, starting with Saraf’s New Year’s resolution to write a book. The next step for Saraf and Kwoka is to promote the book. Author House is the publishing firm.

“It’s a quite an involved process, there was a lot to research,” Saraf said.

Being an author is something Saraf has wanted to do for some time, something she has dreamed of since her childhood. Now, with her children older, Saraf has time to pursue a writing career. And that means more books are on the way.

“We have some other ideas we are kicking around,” Saraf said. “Now that we are over the hump and having gone through the process, hopefully it’ll be easier.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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