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Kentucky boy walks with others in battle against diabetes

It's estimated that there are over 300,000 Kentuckians living with diabetes and 29 percent more are undiagnosed.

This Saturday, people will come together at Keeneland for the Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes, and a Woodford County youngster will be one of those on a mission to raise money and stamp out the disease.

Parker Thomas loves baseball, but three years ago he was thrown a curve ball.

"On a daily basis I check around 10 to 12 times a day probably," said Parker Thomas.

At 12 years old Parker spends his day constantly monitoring his sugar.

With the help of his insulin pump Parker lives a more normal life now.

"It feels like a cure, it's a whole lot less pain I should say and its a whole lot less work."

The pump allows him to do what he loves, play baseball, and its that normalcy that has him spending his time off the diamond working to help others.

For three years Parker has raised money for the Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes.

From lemonade stands to corn hole tournaments, he isn't afraid to ask for donations.

He even helps his mom send out emails and stuff letters asking teammates for their support and he's built up quite a team.

"My grandparents will be there, family will be there, of course mom and dad and my whole baseball team!"

For Parker, his reason for walking is quite simple.

"I want to find a cure, why not. It will help me and then I have friends that have it and it will help them."

On Saturday, Parker will join hundreds of others hoping to step out and beat diabetes.

You can join Parker's team, Scoops Crew Saturday, June 4 at Keeneland for the Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk at 9.


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