HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is preparing for the 2016 North Alabama ONE Walk. It will be held Saturday, April 30 at HudsonAlpha and The Jackson Center.
JDRF says this year's walk will be dedicated to the memory of Clayton and Kristen Chambers, and honor their family for their countless years of support and service.
Clayton and Kristen Chambers died in August 2015 along with her unborn daughter, Lauren Brooke, Kristen's mother, Jean Smallwood, and Kristen's nephew, Eli Sokolowski. Two people have been charged in their deaths.
Clayton was 8 years old and had battled Type 1 Diabetes since he was 2. The family was, and is still very involved with JDRF -- their team, "No More Shots" always landed in the top three highest fundraising teams for the Walk and Kristen served in many capacities, including as a mentor for other moms of children with Type 1 diabetes.
JDRF Alabama Chapter will dedicate this year’s Walk in their memory, which will include several special presentations during the opening ceremony.
"We have been working closely with the family on our plans and they are extremely supportive. They have done an amazing job of taking something so tragic and turning it into something so positive with the hopes this attention will help on our journey of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes, something Kristen spent the last 6 years of her life battling," said Jenni Jeffers, Development Coordinator for JDRF of North Alabama.
All are invited to participate in the Walk on Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. at HudsonAlpha and The Jackson Center. Register your team today at walk.jdrf.org/northlabama.