FIVE restaurant hosting diabetes fundraiser Feb. 21

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Ted Clark, owner of Edmonds’ FIVE Restaurant Bistro, will be hosting a fundraising dinner party Tuesday, Feb. 21,  to benefit the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI), and everyone in Edmonds is invited to attend.

According to Edmonds resident Lynn Kern, a PNDRI board member, she and Clark — both parents of children with type I diabetes — have joined forces to organize the fundraiser. The cost per person is $75 and covers appetizers, salad, entree, dessert and wine, which is being donated by Milbrandt Vineyards. The event starts at  6 p.m. with wine and appetizers, and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required; call Becky at the PNDRI at 206-568-1489.

“My son Michael was diagnosed with type 1 just after his ninth birthday,”  Kern said. “He was the first diabetic child to attend Sherwood Elementary (he’s now at Edmonds-Woodway). Ted’s daughter was diagnosed as a toddler, she became the second.  Since then, a set of type 1 twins are there. Most of the diabetic kids attend Chase Lake where the fabulous nurse, Leslie, keeps a watchful eye.  According to Nancy Sutherland (district nurse) there are 83 type 1 kids attending public school in Edmonds.

“Type 1 is a life-threatening autoimmune disease,” Kern continued. “These kids need insulin, either via multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, to stay alive. There is no cure, they will not grow out of it, and the long-term complications are devastating.  Type 1 used to be called juvenile diabetes – a bit of a misnomer as adults can also get it. It’s just more common to be diagnosed in childhood.”

FIVE is located at 650 Edmonds Way.

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