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$16,000 in Coins Donated by MOA to Fund Diabetes Research

Have you ever tossed a coin into a fountain and made a wish? Well, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota tossed $16,000 worth of coins in the JDRF’s (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) fountain in hopes of a cure!

This is the first time in 22 years that the mall will donate all of the change found in the ponds. These ponds that are located in the Nickelodeon Universe have been there since 1992.

Along with tokens and other miscellaneous, nondenominational coins, mall crews have collected about 3,200 pounds of coins from the water. With about one pound of change equaling $5, the sum is estimated to be about $16,000.

Unfortunately, the coins are so eroded from their long stay underwater that they must be hand-washed in a vinegar and salt-water bath before being put in to a rock tumbler for six hours. Soon after that, the coins will be counted in a bank, and the money will be donated to help fund research for a diabetes cure.

“There are 30,000 new cases diagnosed every year, half of which are adults,” Ross Marcus, who works for JDRF, explained.

Marcus is living with Type-1 diabetes, which is hereditary. Although there’s no cure right now, donations like the one from the mall give him hope.

“JDRF is getting really, really close because of awesome donations like this,” he said.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 2-6-2014, 2:00 PM

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