2009-08-27 / Local & State

Multi-County Diabetes Walk Announced

The Multi-County Diabetes Walk Group is proud to announce the second annual diabetes walk October 11, 2009. The walk will be held at the Mc- Connellsburg High School track located at 151 East Cherry Street. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m., with the walk beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Multi-County Diabetes Walk group is actively recruiting walkers and sponsors now. There is no minimum amount you must walk. Refreshments will be provided for walkers and food, bake goods and various fundraising items may be purchased. Last year's event raised more than $5,000 for the American Diabetes Association's National Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Walk organizer Linda Thomas states "Our walk supports both the JDRF and the ADA and it's up to the team or walker to determine which one they want the donation they collect to be donated to. Many of our walkers, like myself, have children with Type 1 diabetes. Participants can include family and or friends affected by diabetes as well. Everyone is welcome. Even if you are not able to walk, come out and enjoy some home-baked goods, food and drinks and help fight diabetes and together we'll find a cure."

Please make all checks payable to the American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In addition to the walk, a car wash and bake sale are scheduled for Saturday, September 12,, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Great Cove Auto Sales, north on Route 522 next to Thomas Ford.

For more information on the events, please contact event coordinator Linda Thomas at 814- 259-3737 or Kathy Kendall at 717- 485-0221.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342- 2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.

JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for Type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with Type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $156 million in FY2008. In FY2008, the foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, grants in laboratories, hospitals and industry, and fellowships in 22 countries. For more information, please call the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) at 1-800-533- CURE (2873) or visit www.jdrf.org

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