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Matthew Tobkin, 11, was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes almost four years ago; his parents, Paul and Carrie, along with siblings Nicholas, 8, and Luke, 3, joined him in hosting Thursday’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser in Detroit Lakes. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

Juvenile diabetes fundraiser comes with a positive message

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Holy Rosary School fifth grader Matthew Tobkin was just 7 years old when he was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

“I’ve had it for almost four years now,” he said as he sat next to the donation bucket at a Thursday night benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, hosted by the Tobkin family at La Barista in Detroit Lakes.


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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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