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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are all types of events happening across North Texas today. In one area of Dallas the Lake Highlands Art & Play Festival offered a number of family friendly events and a race all benefiting one children’s organization.

The festival kicked off with the Come Out & Play 5K. For most of the 200 participants, the race was much more than a challenge of their physical abilities. A lot of the participants are children and teenagers who have the medical challenges of Type 1 diabetes.

“I was excited. I was excited that I personally finished it and to see everyone else around us cheering us on,” said runner Mary Claire Stewart. “The fellowship that is here, and the love and the joy that’s here… getting to feel that was awesome.”

The Lake Highlands Art & Play Festival is a fundraising event benefiting Camp Sweeney in Greenville, Texas. The camp for children with Type 1 diabetes is one of the largest diabetes educational facilities in the world.

“We bring them [children] out to camp and when they come to camp they don’t have diabetes,” explained Camp Sweeney program director Preston Walhood.”We enable them to let go and we manage their diabetes and let them build friendship and enjoy each other.”

Money raised at the Lake Highlands festival will be used to provide assistance to families who can’t afford to send their children to Camp Sweeney.

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