Youngstown Browns fans donate money for juvenile diabetes

The group organizer's son is a six-year-old with Type 1 diabetes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Browns Backers meet weekly at Donald’s in downtown Youngstown to watch the Cleveland Browns game.

On Sunday, they presented the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a big donation of $3,500.

Even more, though, it’s personal.

“All season long, we’ve raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” said Dan Naughton, the group’s organizer. “I’m sure you’ve seen my son running around here every game. He was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes on Aug. 1 of this year.”

Dan’s son is Ryder.

Ryder, also a big Browns fan, is six years old and has Type 1 diabetes.

“He has to take four different insulin shots throughout the day,” Dan said. “Has to be woken up at 2 a.m. every night to have his blood sugar checked. And he has to check his blood sugar at minimum eight times a day.”

The Browns Backers raised the $3,500 dollars during the football season. Donations like this get the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation one step closer to a cure.

“At some point, to think that he might be able to put those down or not even have the choice to have to think about hooking up to an insulin pump, that’s a real possibility,” said John Wood, a patient advocate for the JDRF.

“Dan brings his son here every weekend and it’s a beautiful thing to see it face to face — what this money can do and who it will help,” Heather Mullins, manager of O’Donald’s, said.

The lesson here — never doubt.

“The difference that we can make when a bunch of people come together,” Wood said, “a group, no matter what size for an extended period of time for a common cause.”