Walk to Cure Diabetes set for May 10

By DIANA PADDOCK

dpaddock@timesobserver.com

The JDRF “Walk to Cure Diabetes” will be held Saturday, May 10, at Betts Park. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and the walk will begin at 11 a.m.

Local coordinator Amy Carlson said plans for the walk began in March with a kick-off breakfast at the Warren County YMCA, but only six teams are registered now, only a week before the event. More are welcome to register, and anyone in the community will be able to “virtual” walk at walk.jdrf.org. The local team hopes to raise $25,000 this year.

Carlson has a distinct interest in Type 1 diabetes. She has had it for 38 years.

“My personal story began when I was 8 years old,” Carlson said. “I check my blood sugar four to eight times per day, change my insulin pump every two to three days and continue to provide love and support to my two boys who are the biggest miracles in my life!”

Carlson is an example of how education and research has improved the lives of those diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

“I was told when I was a teenager that I would never have children,” Carlson explained, “and with great new advances in Type1 Diabetes (the Insulin pump therapy) I have two wonderful boys with my husband Terry Carlson. Terry and I have been married for 20 years and he has been my ROCK in all of my medical adventures, which I have been through a LOT!”

Walks like this one on May 10 are very important to continue the efforts.

“I believe it is important to raise research money to find a cure for Type1 Diabetes,” Carlson said, “continue with education to provide better treatment opportunities for those with Type1 and advancements are happening every year to make our lives better, but life would be better if there were no diseases!”

A disc jockey will provide music during and after the event, and a picnic will be provided after the walk for those attending.

JDRF – originally the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – 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 $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research.

Interested persons can register online at walk.jdrf.org, or just make a donation to this amazing fundraiser, Carlson urged. For more information, contact Diane Sickles of the Erie JDRF office at (814) 452-0635 or email her at dsickles@jdrf.org, or locally Amy Carlson at 688-0697.