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Young boy coming through Nashville on march across the U.S. for Type 1 Diabetes awareness

Noah, an 11 year old with Type 1 Diabetes, is coming through Nashville on his march across the U.S. to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease. (David Rams)

An 11-year-old boy is making his way toward Music City this week while marching across the United States raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

Noah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 16 months-old. “Noah’s March” is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and funds to cure Type 1 Diabetes.

Noah will be coming through Nashville on Thursday or Friday. His and the family’s journey started in Key West, Florida on Jan. 1 and will end in Blaine, Wash.

Noah’s mother Joanne Barnes said he will be the youngest person to cross America on foot since the crossings were first recorded in 1909.

Diabetes affects 10 percent of the U.S. population, about 30 million people. Noah has lived with insulin shots most of his life.

“The speed that this disease is moving is at alarming levels, not to mention the financial costs involved with treatment and the strain on our healthcare system,” Joanne Barnes said.

To track Noah’s March, click here. As of about 12:30 p.m. Monday, he was approaching Hillsboro.

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