Immaculate Conception School rallies in tribute to fifth-grader with diabetes _lowres

Photo provided by Immaculate Conception School—Alex Gaitan, a fifth-grader at Immaculate Conception School, was the inspiration for the school’s fundraising walk-a-thon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In the front row are Alex’s cousins Lauren, left, and Wyatt Gaitan. In the second row are Alex’s sister Alexis and Alex. In the back row, from left, are Alex’s grandparents Raul and Sydney Gaitan and his parents, Ricco and Heidi Gaitan.

Students and faculty at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero joined together to raise $3,325 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in November. Fifth-grader Alex Gaitan inspired the project, which concluded with a fundraising walk on Nov. 20. The three-week effort also included a cafeteria display of JDRF sneakers purchased for $1 each, dress-down passes and a popcorn and pickle day.

“Our goal this year was to raise $3,000,” event coordinator Ann Marie Locascio said. “By the second week, we had already reached $2,000, and with a little push the students really came through and put us over our goal.”

“We are so lucky to have a supportive group of people in our day-to-day lives,” said Heidi Gaitan, Alex’s mother.