Ray Allen

“Do they have my cure yet?” That’s the question that Walker Allen asks his mom during every doctor’s visit. The son of Ray and Shannon Allen got candid about his struggle with diabetes just before raising thousands of dollars for a cure at the Ray Allen Golf Classic.


“I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 17-months-old. Since then, life for myself and my family has changed forever,” said Walker. “My mom and dad check my blood sugar ten times a day. Everyday my mom and dad give me insulin [and] injections to keep me alive. Sometimes my sugar gets really, really high. Sometimes my sugar gets really, really low and I get shaky. Sometimes I’m in the hospital for days and days. Every single time I go to the doctor’s office I ask my mom, ‘Do they have my cure yet?'”

Walker’s desire to be cured and Ray’s determination to find one for his son are what brought this year’s Golf Classic together. The Allens, in partnership with Hublot, raised nearly $500,000 that will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Walker is one out of four sons that Ray and Shannon Allen parent together. The NBA star also has a daughter named Tierra.

Listen to Walker’s story here.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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