UPDATE: On Friday evening event organizers called off the event scheduled for Saturday, April 25. JDRF officials say they’re working on plans for a celebration event in May and plan to incorporate all participants.
Original Report: HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's an event drawing people together in a healthy activity for a worthy goal: raising money to improve the lives of every person affected by Type 1 diabetes (T1D). The Huntsville Walk to Cure Diabetes takes place Saturday April 25 at the Dynetics Campus in Cummings Research Park starting at 9a.m.
It's expected to be one of the biggest JDRF walk events yet.
"We are expecting over 800 walkers this year. We've had tremendous support -- we've already met our goal and we are going to pass that hopefully by a couple thousand dollars, easily," happily reports Jennifer Jeffers, JDRF Development Coordinator for North Alabama.
Many people may not understand what it means to have Type 1 diabetes, or a pancreas that produces no insulin. It's the hormone secreted by a healthy pancreas to regulate the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. You may not completely understand the disease, but chances are someone in your life is affected by T1D.
"People don't realize how debilitating Type 1 diabetes is," Jeffers, mother of a T1D son, explains. "It is a deadly disease that there is no cure for -- something that a diabetic lives with 24/7, and will until we find a cure."
Jeffers explains even if you've never participated before, there's plenty of time to get your team together and walk. The goal is to turn Type 1, into type none.
"It's super simple: all they have to do is go online and register. There is no charge to form a team; there is no charge to walk. It's something somebody could pull together on Friday and still participate," says Jeffers.
To get your fundraising team together, you can contact Jennifer Jeffers at 256-794-1970, email her at email@example.com or click here to register.
Dynetics is located at 1002 Explorer Boulevard NW in Cummings Research Park.