COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is sponsoring its 18th annual Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Rotary Park, located near the Columbus Civic Center on Victory Drive.
The Walk starts at 9 a.m., lasts until noon, and will take place rain or shine. The public is invited to participate. Parking will be available at the South Commons parking lot near the Columbus Civic Center.
A free shuttle bus will take walkers to and from the parking area and the Walk site at Rotary Park. This year's goals are to have 600 walkers participate in the event and raise at least $50,000 for research to find a cure for juvenile (Type 1) diabetes and its complications.
Walkers are asked to make a donation to JDRF and raise as much money as they can from friends, family and associates. All donations are tax deductible, are gratefully appreciated and no gift is too small.
Donations and early registration can be completed online at www.walk.jdrf.org. On-site registration the day of the Walk will begin at 8 a.m. The Columbus Walk is part of a worldwide network of Walks to Cure Diabetes, which will take place in over 200 locations this year.
The JDRF Walk is great family fun, a way to get some good outdoors exercise, and, more importantly to help raise funds to find a cure for this disease. A clown, face painting, a bounce house, inflatable games and other activities will be provided for children. A DJ will entertain walkers with lively music. Breakfast snacks will be served prior to the start of the Walk, and hot dogs, drinks and other refreshments will be served after the Walk. All entertainment and food are provided free of charge.
Among those who will be walking this year is Omari Washington, an 11 year old boy, his family and friends. He is a six grade student at Baker Middle School; he enjoys hockey, skateboarding, basketball and reading. But unlike most middle school students, Omari has Type 1, juvenile diabetes. In a typical day, he must prick his finger 4 to 6 times to check his blood sugar level and take 4 or more insulin shots in order to stay alive.
Mary Scarbrough, President of the local JDRF Chapter and the mother of a young adult son with Type 1 diabetes, urges citizens of the Tri-city area to make a donation to JDRF and participate in the Walk to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes so that Omari, her son, and the millions of other Type 1 diabetics world-wide can lead long, happy and productive lives.
JDRF, the leading charitable fund raiser and advocate of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes- a disease which strikes children and young adults suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications such as blindness, heart and kidney diseases, limb amputations and death.
Since inception, JDRF has provided over $1.7 billion in direct funding of diabetes research. Typically, more than 80% of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF's mission is constant: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, visit the JDRF Web site at www.walk.jdrf.org or call 1-888 533-walk.