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Livingston Mothers Combine Forces to Help Those with Diabetes; Color Run to be Held Labor Day

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Diabetes Resource Network, a nationally recognized 501©3 charitable organization started by two Livingston mothers who wanted to make a change for their two diabetic daughters, is hosting a Color Vibe 5K Run/Walk on Labor Day at Littell Pond in Livingston as the organization’s inaugural event.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, children of all ages and their families are encouraged to join the Diabetes Resource Network in its mission to help those with Diabetes live better, more fulfilled lives. Click HERE to register.

“We are very excited about our kick-off event, The Color Vibe 5K Run/Walk, this Labor Day,” said co-CEO Hallie Dennis. “We hope that the community will come and support and enjoy this fun, colorful cause with us.”

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The organization, also known as “The D Network,” had a soft launch in July with the mission of connecting children and adults around the world who share a common diagnosis. The D Network is expected to officially launch its entire network in the coming months, according to Dennis and co-CEO Stephanie Meininger.

“We are thrilled to start helping diabetics gain the support, supplies and resources they need,” said Meininger.

The D Network began when two young Livingston girls, Sophia Meininger and Dylan Dennis, bonded over their common diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

When Sophia, Meininger’s daughter, was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of four, her family members did everything they could to normalize their lives. However, Sophia felt alone in her disease at times, according to her mother, who then realized the need to connect those living with T1D and set out on the mission to help improve their lives.

Four years later, Stephanie received a phone call that Sophia’s oldest friend, Dylan, had also been diagnosed with T1D, and the two never felt alone in the journey again.

According to their mothers, the journey taught both girls that life is not always perfect, but that having a friend with whom they can share their journey with makes it easier. Through this experience, the girls realized that two is better than one, and their mothers combined forces to launch The D Network.

To become a part of the D Network community or to learn how to help, visit its website at www.thedrn.org.

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