November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and few are doing more locally to raise awareness than a 4th grader from Royal Kunia.
Taylor Kim, 9, is a national medal winner in taekwondo. Her coach says she is getting better all the time despite being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a little more than a year ago.
Folks at the Oahu Taekwondo Center are so impressed with Taylor that 180 of them will participate this weekend in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes at Kapiolani Park.
"We have an opportunity to be proactive unlike so many times in life your family and friends have a situation where all you can do is sit on the sidelines and wait and hope things work out. And I think everybody in our school feels like this is an opportunity to do something and play our part and do what we can do, so everybody is excited to help," said Brian McCutcheon, who owns and operates the Oahu Taekwondo Center.
"Finding a cure I'd love to say within Taylor's lifetime would be the best gift for her," added Taylor's mother Chandra Kim.