Event raising awareness, money for diabetes

By Amelia Orwick

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For one night, diabetics can shed their fears and be thankful for an abundance of sweets.

Nick Cappy, a UK senior and Type 1 diabetic, has organized “Killin’ Cappy,” an event to raise money to fight the fastest growing disease in America.

“Killin’ Cappy” will take place at Atomic Café on North Limestone on Thursday starting at 10 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to dress as a candy bar or other treat.

“The idea is that people are told to dress as candy bars or sugary sweets to make a kind of morbidly hilarious spin on having diabetes and ‘killing me,’” Cappy said.

Admission is $5.

Once inside, students will have the opportunity to purchase $1 beers and $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win two ticket vouchers to a concert of choice at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati.

Admission and raffle ticket proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Cappy understands that it can be difficult to get college students to participate in other events for the cause, such as the JDRF walk that will take place later this fall.

“This way it’s not only about raising the money, but it’s about the good time,” Cappy said. “I believe that people naturally want to help one another, and if you make something that’s fun, exciting and different it should be easier to get a good turnout.”