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CFISD students spur donations for diabetes research

May 14, 2024—CFISD students and staff represented the district at the JDRF 2024 Houston Promise Ball, held April 13 at the Hilton Americas. The event, which helps raise money to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, generated more than $2.8 million for the cause.

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The Cerny family was the JDRF 2024 Fund A Cure Family featured at the Houston Promise Ball. Family members (clockwise from left) are Ruth Cerny, fifth grade student, Sampson Elementary School; Rose Cerny, mother, academic achievement specialist, Cypress Falls High School; Chris Cerny, father; Marie Cerny, fourth grade student, Sampson Elementary; and Logan Cerny, kindergarten student, Sampson Elementary. 

Rose Cerny, Cypress Falls High School academic achievement specialist, and her family were chosen by JDRF Houston as the 2024 Fund A Cure Family. Rose and her husband, Chris, have four children—Ruth, Marie, Logan and Joanna—who have Type 1 Diabetes. Ruth, Marie and Logan currently attend Sampson Elementary School.

A video of the Cernys’ story was shared at the gala prior to the live auction, allowing bidders to directly support Type 1 Diabetes research.

“By sharing our story, we allowed others to understand the impact that Type 1 Diabetes has on our family—inspiring over $1.2 million in donations that night,” Rose Cerny said. 

The Cerny children serve as JDRF Youth Ambassadors, a group of children ages 6-17 who work to increase Type 1 Diabetes awareness in the community and volunteer for activities impacting JDRF’s mission.

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CFISD students, from left, Reagan Josefy, freshman, Cypress Ranch High School; Landon Yates, seventh grade, Hamilton Middle School; and Sophia Heschel, fourth grade, Andre’ Elementary School, attended the 2024 Houston Promise Ball as JDRF Youth Ambassadors.

Other CFISD students serving as JDRF Youth Ambassadors who were present at the Promise Ball were:

  • Reagan Josefy, freshman, Cypress Ranch High School;
  • Landon Yates, seventh grade, Hamilton Middle School; and
  • Sophia Heschel, fourth grade, Andre’ Elementary School.