Florida boy walking across U.S. to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes

10-year old Noah Barnes is marching 4000 miles across the United States to raise funds and awareness for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and will be in the Melbourne area this week. A diabetic himself, Noah began his march on January 1 in Key West and will end in Blaine, Wash., in 2018.

Noah will be the youngest person to cross the U.S. since tracking crossings began in 1909. His father Robert and trusted dog Rex are accompanying him on the march, while his mother and younger siblings travel close behind by vehicle.

Noah's March has three objectives:

  1. Increase funding for diabetes research. Currently, diabetes receives around $1 billion in federal funding, while HIV/AIDS receives around $3 billion. Diabetes affects more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
  2. Increase awareness for diabetes as a growing epidemic. Currently, about 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, and is projected to affect a third of the population by 2050.
  3. Educating about diabetes. Different types of diabetes affect U.S. citizen, and are treated in different ways. Many misconceptions and stereotypes exist about the disease.

What your audience should know:

  1. Noah and his father are walking by road across the country. Drivers should be on the lookout for them, as this can be a dangerous trek.
  2. Noah and his family are committed to this march and Noah's March Foundation full time this year. Any in-kind or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
  3. You can follow Noah and his family online. It's a long march, so stay connected and cheer them on!

Contacting Noah:

  • Noah is available for phone and in-person interviews. Please contact Joanne Barnes (Noah's mom) at 561-240-6521 for more information.
Carly Dodd