2011-06-30 / Local & State

Multi-county Diabetes Walk Announced


Pictured left: Ashton Thomas, Diane Teeters, Arron Thomas, Adam Thomas, Dave Keaton, Sarah Keaton, Kathy Kendall, Aidan Thomas, Kim Keaton and Linda Thomas. Pictured left: Ashton Thomas, Diane Teeters, Arron Thomas, Adam Thomas, Dave Keaton, Sarah Keaton, Kathy Kendall, Aidan Thomas, Kim Keaton and Linda Thomas. The Central Pennsylvania Market of the American Diabetes Association and the Central PA Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have announced the date for the Multi-County Diabetes Walk for Sunday, October 9, at the Mc- Connellsburg High School track. The main organizer of this event is Linda Thomas of Shade Gap, with help from Gwen Morral, RN CDE, and Dr. Joey Lane from Mercersburg.

Two of Mrs. Thomas’ four children and Dr. Lane’s two children are affected by Type 1 diabetes, and each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That’s 40 children per day. Additionally another 4,000 + people are diagnosed with not just Type 1, but also Type 2, gestational or pre-diabetes on a daily basis!

Thomas and those working with her will be seeking monetary donations from area businesses as well as donations of drinks, snacks, etc., for this family friendly event.

Since 1980, the ADA has invested more than $400 million in research for finding a cure for not only Type 1, but also Type 2, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes. Currently, there are more than 450 ADA-funded research projects nationwide, including several at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In addition to research, the ADA works to assist families of youths with diabetes to fight school discrimination and also advocates for increased federal funding of diabetes research and medical insurance coverage. Our tax- exempt number is 13-1623888. Any questions can be directed to Denise A. Foran, 717-657-4310, Ext. 4616.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) portion of these much-needed fundraising dollars will be used to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. JRDF funds a major portion of all Type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity. JRDF provided more than $.1 07 million to diabetes research in FY 2010, and is responsible for more than $1.5 billion in direct funding since it was founded.

To join this family friendly event, please contact Linda Thomas at 814- 259- 3737, or e-mail at thomas@na.net.

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