by: , Jack Daraee

A Lake Oswego tradition for seven years, Jack's Team Carnival for a Cure will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Daraee family backyard, 5350 S.W. Dawn Ave. in Lake Oswego.

Admission is $5 for families or $2 per person. Activities planned for the carnival include a climbing wall, jump house, dunk tank, basketball shoot-out, games, prizes and food. A si-lent and oral auction are also part of the fun with items such as Telluride Ski Trip for six, Schwinn Voyageur Men's bicycle, and a JVC DVD Home Theater System and more.

Jack Daraee, now 10 years old, was 18 months when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He manages the disease on a daily basis.

The event, organized by Jack's parents Cate and Hafez Daraee, is a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jack's Team Carnival is held each year as a family walk team kick-off; the proceeds of which will benefit the local chapter's 2007 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Last year the Daraees and friends who comprise Jack's Team, raised $22,866 through the Jack's Team Carnival and another $7,850 through walk sponsorships, for a total of $30,716.

That amount contributed to the total of $450,000 by the 2006 Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year's walk will take place on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at Oaks Amusement Park.

JDRF, the leading charitable founder and advocate of juvenile (type 1) diabetes research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes - a disease that strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1 billion in direct funding to diabetes and research-related education.

JDRF's mission is constant: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.jack

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