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This month the Darien football team will once again focus its attention on putting its weight into lifting for a cause.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to weight, diet and lifestyle. There is no way to prevent it, and at present, no cure.

Those with T1D are dependent on injected insulin as well as multiple daily finger pricks to test blood sugar levels.

Life becomes a balancing act to keep blood sugar levels balanced and stable.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading global organization funding T1D research, working for the millions of children, adults, and families affected by this disease every single day.

With funding and research the goal is to make Type 1, Type None.

The lifting competition vs. Brien McMahon will take place over a two-day span beginning March 9 when freshmen compete as a group, and March 10 with the upperclassmen going against the Senators.

How it works

The athletes can ask individuals or companies to sponsor them per pound, or simply for a flat donation to JDRF.

They will perform one, two or three maximum lifts (bench, squat and clean) and then add up the total weight lifted from for or all of the final lifts.

Those who perform all three will often lift between 500-900 pounds total, so at a penny a pound, 900 pounds would be a donation of $9.