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Hawaii Chapter of JDRF hosts family-themed walk to cure diabetes
Hawaii Chapter of JDRF hosts family-themed walk to cure diabetes

The following information is provided by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:

Nearly 5,000 residents of our islands have type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune disease which often strikes during childhood and carries the  risk of devastating complications. Because insulin is not a cure, those who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as children will grow into adulthood with the disease.  85% of those with type 1 diabetes are adults.

Each year the "Walk to Cure Diabetes" across the country raises over a million dollars in an effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. In addition to the significant dollars raised in our community, the annual 2-mile walk around Kapiolani Park is a fun, family-friendly event featuring live music, entertainment, games, a tee-shirt contest, food, and most importantly, a local show of support for all those suffering from diabetes.

"Our hope depends on the walk dollars raised to support research that will one day find a cure," said Scott Sutton, Hawaii district manager for Walgreens, one of the event's primary sponsors. "It's great to see people proactively step forward in the community and take the lead in supporting a cure for everyone in Hawai'i, especially our keiki that battle this life-threatening disease 24 hours a day, 365 days each year."

In addition to Walgreen Co., other supporting community partners include:  Pepsi Co., Valpak of Hawai'i, KTM Services Inc, "Enjoy Snacks", Paradise Beverages, Coca-Cola, Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee, Merrill Lynch, Dawn Pacific, Invision Imaging and Martin & MacArthur.

"Last year nearly 1300 people representing 60 teams and companies participated and raised over $160,000," said Patrice Perrin, Family Team Chair. "Insulin is not a cure…it is merely life support. Please help us find a cure for diabetes and its complications through research by joining us on October 29th, at Kapiolani Park."

For more information, to register a team or to register as an individual, visit www.jdrf.org or contact:  Sharif Bari, JDRF Special Events Manager at sbari@jdrf.org or 808-988-1000.

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