Skip to main content

West Grove girl holds benefits for diabetes research

10/23/2013 01:24PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print

Amelia Rehrman, center, with her brother, Ben, her mother, Lydia, and her sister, Maddie.

By Richard L. Gaw

Staff Writer


At a time in her life when it would be perfectly acceptable for 11-year-old Amelia Rehrman of West Grove to hide her Type 1 diabetes from the world, she has done the exact opposite. With Amelia’s Diabetes Dash having celebrated its fifth anniversary last Saturday morning at the New Garden Township Park, the condition she has lived with since she was 4 years old has remained a public thing.

For the fifth consecutive year, the community came out to ride bikes, scooters, roller skates, run or simply walk in an event that raised funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Sponsors of the event included the New Garden Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Giant, Costco, Whole Foods, Starbucks, The Fresh Market, the Philly Pretzel Factory, Palm-a-Bagel, Pack-N-Ship, and Sam Talbot. Donations were made of several items, including gift cards, cookbooks, gift baskets and raffles. During the five-year run of Amelia’s Diabetes Dash, the event has raised close to $500 for the JDRF.

“One day I was riding my bike when I was younger, and I decided that because I was living with Type 1 Diabetes, that I would have a bike race to raise money for people who are living with diabetes,” said Amelia, who worked with her mother, Lydia, in organizing the event. “It’s turned out to be a great way to raise money and just have a lot of fun with my friends.”

This past August, Rehrman was one of two delegates selected by the Delaware branch of the JDRF to attend the Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C. There, she met several celebrities whose lives are impacted by diabetes, including actress Mary Mouser, race car driver Charlie Kimball and journalist Leslee Adkins. Writing on her blog, Rehrman said that the conference was the first time she felt comfortable living with diabetes.

“I could be anywhere and somebody would always know how to help me if my blood sugar were to get too high or too low,” she wrote. “I felt independent. I felt more free than I ever felt before. Free to be me.”

To read about Rehrman’s accounts of living with Type 1 diabetes, visit her blog at Peace. Love. Hope. Diabetes.

west grove juvenile diabetes research foundation fundraiser diabetes type 1 diabetes amelia's diabetes dash new garden township park

You might also like

Land Conservancy hosts a benefit hoedown

The third annual event, presented by Dansko, invites participants to dress as your favorite western character, or don your denim and boots to celebrate.

Group pitches emergency radio station concept to township board

Residents of the West Grove and Avondale areas may soon be able to tune into an emergency radio station.

West Grove Garage Student Council receives award

Chester County Community Foundation looks for Chester County citizens who have made a notable effort to improve their communities.

  • Longwood Fire Company’s annual open house will be held for the first time under the stars on Thur...

  • Sherry Dinner

    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    The Yardley Inn is hosting an exclusive Sherry Dinner on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Enjoy a mea...

  • Zoo Yoga: OM’ing Otters

    09:15am — 10:15am

    (Ages 4-7 years old) Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September-November (Classes held in the Educati...

  • Flying Colors Fine Artists Show and Sale

    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Flying Colors will host its Annual Art Show and Sale from October 24 to October 26, 2014 at The M...

  • Saturday Zoo Tales

    10:30am — 11:00am

    Join us for a fun, animal or nature themed story and a visit from one of our fun program animals!...

  • ChesLen Chase for Open Space


    Get ready to run for nature at Natural Lands Trust’s epic ChesLen Chase for Open Space, with 10K,...

  • Flying Colors Fine Artists Show and Sale

    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Flying Colors will host its Annual Art Show and Sale from October 24 to October 26, 2014 at The M...

  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...


    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    THE NEWARK SYMPHONY PRESENTS “Fall in Italy” Simeone Tartaglione, Music Director Sunday, Octobe...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

Chester County High School Sports