Walkers to raise money for diabetes research
by Ralph B. Davis
PRESTONSBURG — Organizers are expecting up to 500 people to attend Saturday’s first-ever “Big Sandy Walk to Cure Diabetes.”
The event, which has a goal of raising $50,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s efforts to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, will take place at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College walking track, in Prestonsburg. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. The walk will start at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 2 p.m.
While this is the first such event locally, JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities nationwide. In 2010, 500,000 individuals Walked to Cure Diabetes and raised more than $90 million for diabetes research.
To commemorate the inaugural local walk, Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday “Big Sandy Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day” in Prestonsburg.
“This walk will bring hundreds of famlies together for a day of awareness and advocacy, while they walk together to raise donations for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes,” Fannin said in the proclamation.
In addition to the walk itself, there are many other activities planned for the event. There will be a kids’ tent with activities for children, a post-walk lunch and a DJ playing music, as well as a live performance by local musician Tyler Stephens. The Allen Central High School graduate, who recently signed a deal in Nashville, is no stranger to the issue, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child.
For more information, contact the Kentucky Chapter of JDRF, at (502) 485.9397, or locally you can contact Paula Fairchild, advocacy team chairman, at (606) 369-5929.
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