Saturday, April 21, 2012

Walkin' to Cure Diabetes!

This morning I woke up bright & early (thanks to my trusty, new Wake-up Light :) ) to participate in a 5k walk in support of Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation (JDRF). The company I work for supported a group walk & we fundraised over $1,000 for it! Plus, it was located at Carowinds, a theme park near Charlotte (hence the picture with the rollercoaster below) - so the scenery was a fun plus!

Did you know...
  • More than 15,000 people children and 15,000 adults - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with Type I diabetes (T1D) in the U.S.
  • It can come on suddenly, cause dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carry the constant threat of devastating complications
I'm sure that almost everyone out there knows at least 1 person with T1D - it was really inspiring this morning to see groups' t-shirts advertising their support for someone they know (a family member, friend, coworker). JDRF is the largest charitable organization and supporter of T1D research! They also have multiple events throughout the year to raise money for T1D research - walks, rides, kids walks, etc.

There are so many sponsored walks/runs/rides out there, working to raise money for all kinds of things - I encourage you to do some research & choose one to get involved with! They usually have fun activities or music afterwards, and it's a great way to get some exercise into your weekend routine.

Anyone else out there have an event like this coming up? What are you walking/running/biking to help cure?

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