Eight-year-old skips birthday gifts, instead asks for JDRF donations

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A gigantic bounce house, cake, even balloon artists and face painters makes up a birthday party most eight-year-olds would love, and eight-year-old Izzi Cobb is no different.

What makes Cobb different is what she asked for, for her eighth birthday.

"I don't really want presents anymore, I just want to have a donation for Type 1 Diabetes," said Cobb.

Cobb has Type 1 Diabetes, and so does her dad, Jordan.

"Kind of a scary thing," Jordan said.

Cobb's parents remember the overwhelming feeling of finding out she had diabetes. On her birthday, they're overwhelmed with pride.

"She wanted to put other people's needs in front of hers," her mom, Sissy, said.

In October Izzi announced she didn't want any gifts for her eighth birthday party, just eight dollars from everyone to go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"We're trying to work to find a cure, and we hope that tonight's a big success so that we can show her that her idea was a successful idea," said Sissy.

Cobb and her parents invited more than 150 people to her party, and it didn't take long for it to start filling up with people ready to celebrate Cobb and her plan to attack the disease she deals with every day.

"It's hard because you've gotta poke your finger and change your pod all the time and it's hard," Cobb said.

To find out more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, click here.

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