Parksville Boston Pizza is holding a fundraising and awareness event for Type 1 diabetes this Saturday, coinciding with Game two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Lindsay Pilton and BP owner Bill Collette, who both suffer with Type 1 diabetes, are hosting the event to raise awareness and funds for diabetes in general and specifically the Telus Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes in Nanaimo the next day.
Pilton, 13, will be helping the staff who will donate all their gratuities for the day.
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. the restaurant will donate a portion from every pizza sold, including take out ($5 for each large, $3 medium, $2 small and $1 for each individual size) to Pilton’s team Lindsay’s Lucky Charms, with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The team raised over $8,000 last year as the top team in the entire walk, and hope to top that this year.
Pilton and Collette, like over 300,000 other Canadians, suffer through dozens of finger pokes and insulin injections a week for life with Type 1, often known as “juvenile diabetes” because it is most commonly diagnosed in infants and children.
Unlike Type 2, or adult onset diabetes, scientists aren’t certain what causes Type 1 in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It is believed to be a problem with the immune system.
The 5 km walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5 in Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. To donate and for more information check http://lindsaypilton.webstarts.com/ or click the “donate now” tab at www.jdrf.ca and search “Pilton,” or call 250-752-3848.