Why We Walk
Each participant’s motivation to walk is a story they are quick to share. It may be for themself, a loved one or a friend or it may be because someone they care about or their employer asked them to participate. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the United States. We walk for them, and as many as 3 million Americans that have T1D. Who’s your #1?
While you’ve been reading, another person was diagnosed with diabetes.
Did you know:
- T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
- T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
- Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
- Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?
You Can Be a Hero to Someone with T1D
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away. When you register for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, you join nearly a million people in 225+ locations across America in becoming a hero to someone with type 1 diabetes.
Walk to Cure Diabetes
The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes brings people together in a healthy activity for a worthy goal. The Walk is fun for families and builds camaraderie among company employees. It provides hope, empowerment and a sense of community. Your participation shows your commitment to the large scale movement to conquer type 1 diabetes one step at a time.
With over 11,000 participants, the Walk is the Georgia Chapter’s largest and most successful event. This fun, family friendly event hosts more than 550 teams who walk three miles in support of JDRF and the thousands of Georgians living with type 1. Your personal contribution and fundraising efforts support JDRF-funded research that will help those living with the disease to look forward to longer, healthier lives.
The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes raised over $1.4 million dollars for diabetes research. With the help of our dedicated walkers, partners and friends we hope to surpass that milestone, bringing us one step closer to a cure in 2014.