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3,500 Participants Expected at JDRF Nevada Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes
Published on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 (9:34 a.m.)LAS VEGAS - September 24, 2013 - More than 3,500 walkers representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to take part in the JDRF Nevada Chapter's annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, on Saturday, November 16 at UNLV. The chapter has set a fundraising goal of more than $580,000 which will help fund research toward preventing, better treating, and curing type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.
"It's great to be partnering with JDRF and working together toward such an important goal - promoting awareness of type 1 diabetes and raising funds to advance research," said Jodie Huebner, Lincoln Sales Manager of Team Ford Lincoln and Corporate Chair of this year's Walk. "By working together, we can make a difference for the millions of people who are affected by this disease."
The Walk is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes entertainment, food, etc. On-site registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The entire walk will be approximately three miles long, starting on the North Field of the UNLV Campus.
"The community support for the Walk to Cure Diabetes is overwhelming," said Chris Haase - JDRF Nevada Chapter Board President and father to Riley, diagnosed with type 1 at age seven. "Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans, and it is through the help and dedication of corporate sponsors, corporate walk teams, and family teams that JDRF is able to fund the research to develop better treatments and one day a cure for those people and their families."
85 percent of those living with type 1 diabetes are adults, most diagnosed as children or teenagers.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that cannot be controlled through diet and/or exercise.
Insulin is not a cure, it is life support for type 1 diabetics.
JDRF's Advocacy efforts has raised $1.9 billion so far for type 1 diabetes research.
JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. Nearly 900,000 people nationally walked last year and raised $86 million for research toward curing, treating, and preventing T1D and its complications.
JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes Elite Principal Partners are Advance Auto Parts, Ford Motor Company, and Marshall's. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Principal Partners includes Hy-Vee, Roche Accu-Chek, and Walgreens.
JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes Local Corporate Partners are Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, AT&T;, Bank of America, Bank of Nevada, Cash America/SuperPawn, Cashman Photo Enterprises, Coca Cola, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Fabulous Freddy's, Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group - Nathan's Famous, Jamba Juice, Lee's Discount Liquor, Levy Production, Matt Smith Physical Therapy, Qore-24, Taylor International, Team Ford Lincoln, and Wells Fargo.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) 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. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization's efficiency and effectiveness.
For more information, visit the JDRF web site at www.jdrflv.org or call 702-732-4795.