South Side High School senior helps raise thousands for diabetes research


Adam’s Allies was named the 2012 Honored Team at the annual 2012 JDRF walk to cure Diabetes event at Eisenhower Park on Oct. 28.

Adam Moss, the founder of Adams Allies and a senior at South Side High School, along with his co-captain Max Tessitores of Rockville Centre were honored for their fundraising efforts.

According to Lauren Moss of Best Buddies, Adam’s Allies raised more than $11,000 this year.

“Max understands what it’s like to be challenged everyday,” Moss said. “Max is autistic and studying for his bar mitzvah in June at Central Synagogue of Nassau Co.”

According to Moss, Tessitores chose to support Adam as his community service project and Adam reciprocated by aiding with studies and shadowing Tessitores at school.

According to Lauren, Adam founded Adam’s Allies at the age of 5 in 2004, and he is the youth ambassador for JDRF’s Nassau Suffolk Chapter and president of the South Side High School Best Buddies Club.

“Friendship is something to be treasured,” Adam said. “My walk team has been committed to me and JDRF research since 2004. I’m very proud of my team and know there is a cure on the horizon. This year the highlight of the walk was cutting the ribbon with Max by my side. I look forward to the day when all children with juvenile diabetes will be free of needles and insulin pumps.”