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WDKX.com » Blog » Fairport Man Raises Thousands for Diabetes Research
Jun 29th 2013 8:01 pm
Fairport Man Raises Thousands for Diabetes Research
by News

A Tops employee in Fairport has dedicated his time and service to a special cause.
Marc Hinds has challenges of his own, but his mission is to help find a cure for diabetes.

Hinds has been stocking the shelves at the grocery store since his junior year of high school.

"Everyone in the community, especially in our Tops community, recognize and know Marc," said Neil Depuy, Store Manager.

It's a job he enjoys.

"And you have a good day," said Marc to a customer.

A job that's helped him discover a passion.

"When he started working here the people here had their Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation drive and he said, dad I'd like to really get involved in it," said Bob Hinds, Marc's father.

Marc got involved in the Tops Market Sneaker Sale Campaign. It has raised millions of dollars throughout the years for JDRF.

"I wanted to raise money to help find a cure actually," said Marc.

For the past 14 years from April to June, that's what he's done.

"I go house to house. I go all throughout my neighborhoods," said Marc.

On his own, Marc has been able to raise $28,000 for JDRF. His efforts, validated through the years by numerous awards.

"It's very special because Marc doesn't have a direct connection to diabetes and he is a very special man that chose to gave back to his community," said Mary Anne Fox, JDRF Executive Director.

What Marc does have is a direct connection with is living with challenges. His came after having brain surgery at age nine.

"He has a brain tumor removed and he became epileptic. For him he can't drive he has certain limitations," said Bob.

Marc's father says his disability never slowed him down.

"I have a very fast walking pace actually. I do," said Marc.

Marc says his mission is to make sure every dollar counts and he doesn't plan on stopping until there's a cure.

"You need a cure for diabetes because diabetes hurts people actually," he said.

Source: YNN.com