FRESNO ― Walkers representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Central Valley Council Fresno area annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, on Saturday, Mar. 28, at Woodward Park Mt. View Shelter.
Over 43 Walk Teams have signed up and raised nearly $23,000. But that is far below the goal of $64,000 for the Central Valley. Is there something you can do to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes? Visit www.walk.jdrf.org to sign up.
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Registration Tent and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m. It will be approximately three miles long (5K), starting at the balloon arch and ending at the stage.
This year’s fundraising goal of more than $64,000 will help fund critically needed Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. The Walk is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes food, entertainment and family fun.
Type 1 Diabetes strikes children and adults suddenly, making them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complication.
- Type 1 Diabetes is the 2nd leading childhood disease in the Central Valley
- In the past 6 months, over 60 children in the Central Valley Council area have been diagnosed
- 3 million Americans have Type 1 Diabetes
- Diabetes touches nearly 1 out of 10 in the Central Valley, compared to 1 out of 13 statewide.
- In California, 27 percent of people taken by diabetes died prior to age 65. In the Central Valley the figure is 32 percent.
While diagnosis most often occurs in childhood and adolescence, it can and does strike adults as well.
More than 200 Walks are held every year in the United States, and dozens more take place internationally. More than 900,000 people participate each year.
Since 1992, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research toward creating a world without the disease.
Local corporate partners for Walk to Cure Diabetes include McGoldrick & McGoldrick, Rabobank, The Fresno Bee, Pizza Factory Madera Ranchos, Lassen’s, Zevia, Marshalls and Walgreens.
About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly, and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 Diabetes research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries.
For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org.