Highland, IN – 10/10/11 – More than 1,500 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to join together for Northwest Indiana’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 12th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, on Sunday, October 16th at Wicker Memorial Park.
The 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes is being chaired this year by, Ian McFadden, President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals Methodist Hospitals’ will join hundreds of other people representing dozen of companies in the area committed to the Walk and accelerating research to find a cure for diabetes. Insulin is life support, not a cure, and research is the only answer for as many as 3 million Americans suffering from type-1 diabetes and its complications.
Entire families—kids and grandparents, alike, enjoy participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes—even if they are not among the tens of millions of Americans with a personal connection to diabetes. At the 2011 Walk, there will be entertainment, a DJ, refreshments, etc… fun for the whole family. Event registration starts at noon and the Walk begins at 2. Walkers can register to participate by visiting our website at www.jdrf.org and selecting “The Walk to Cure Diabetes” icon.
Actor Kevin Kline is National Chair of JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mr. Kline has been a celebrity advocate for JDRF for the past six years: “Those of us who are blessed with good health must do all we can to help support the research community in their search for a cure for juvenile diabetes”, said Kline. “The Daily regimen of finger pricks and injections of insulin, combined with the constant threat of complications, are burdens no child should have to suffer.”
JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. Nationally, nearly 500,000 people walked to cure diabetes last year. Collectively, the JDRF Walks raised over $100 million last year.
JDRF, the leading charitable fundraiser and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by parents of children with juvenile diabetes—a disease which strikes children suddenly, making them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1.5 billion in direct funding to diabetes research. More than 80 percent 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.jdrf.org or call 574.273.1810 extension 2.