BLACKFOOT — Rollin' For A Cause, a foundation formed by Susan Jensen of Blackfoot to help those in the area struggling with the cost of juvenile diabetes, is assisting Pocatello teen Kaela Collazo in her efforts to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Collazo, who is a Type 1 diabetic, is organizing a 'talent show' fundraiser at Pocatello High School (where she attends school) on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Collazo received permission from the district's school board to have the event, but learned that there is a $300 fee to use the school's facilities.
"She [Collazo] contacted me about this and since the funds that she's raising go to JDRF and she is a diabetic herself, Rollin' [For A Cause] is going to match her dollar for dollar on the $300 that she needs for the fees, making it only $150 that she needs to come up with to hold the talent show," Jensen said. "This is a 'win-win' situation."
Collazo, now 16 years old, said she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 10 years old.
"I always wanted to do something to help people with diabetes ever since I was diagnosed. Now that I am older, I feel empowered to do something," she said.
Jensen said that anyone who would like to donate to Callozo's function can do so by going to www.rollinforacause.com .
"I will see to it that she receives the funds," Jensen said. "She is an excellent student and a good kid. I know the diabetic community around here will support her."
Admission to Collazo's fundraiser is $2 per person or $7 per family.
Anyone who would like to inquire about receiving financial assistance through "Rollin For A Cause" can call Jensen at 208-681-4846 or Hillary Chavez at 208-681-1841