JDRF to hold annual Walk to Cure Diabetes


Mackenzie Johnson, Staff Writer

Get your walking shoes on, because the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is holding its 20th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes at Six Flags on October 14th, 2012. The JDRF walk has been going on for 20 years now and every penny raised goes towards the research for finding a cure to type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where a person’s pancreas stops making insulin, a hormone that allows people to get energy from the food they eat. It affects more than 3 million Americans and as of now there is no cure, however, doctors and researchers have been trying to find one since the early 1970’s. JDRF has raised over $200,075,000 over the last 40 years. You, too, can help raise money for this cause.

“JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. The Walk to Cure Diabetes is our largest national fundraising event to help JDRF raise funds to accelerate progress toward the most promising opportunities to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes,“ said a member of the JDRF Administration Team

The walk at Six Flags will begin at 8:30 am with free breakfasts, snacks, music, dancing, face painting and even a t-shirt contest. Once the walk begins, participants will make their way under the balloon arch, into the park.

After about a two-mile walk, their legs might be tired, but they’ll know that they just helped raise money for this disease.

For more information on type 1 diabetes or on the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, you can visit: http://www.jdrf.org.