Every year, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) hosts a walk to support research for type 1 diabetes. Research gives hope to the 15,000 kids that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year. This year's walk takes place on Sunday September 9th. The walk begins at 9:00 A.M. and registration starts at 7:00 A.M in the Coors Field main parking lot.
Natalie Ford, 11, has walked for the past two years and plans to walk again this year. Natalie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2009. Natalie's Ford Force Team is made up of friends and family. Her favorite part of the walk is,”Being with friends and raising money for JDRF.”
To register, donate to a walker (if you know one), or learn why they walk, go online to http://www.jdrf.org and click on “Get involved”.
Arrive at the walk a little early to avoid traffic and lines. If you have kids, don't worry because there are activities to keep your kids busy. This year's walk is 3.1 miles long. JDRF provides refreshments such as water and sports drinks along the route. Sometimes they even have little trinkets up for grabs.
JDRF was founded in 1970 and has raised more than $1.6 billion towards type 1 diabetes research. JDRF has made efforts to treat, cure, and prevent type 1 diabetes around the world. In addition to research they are also trying to figure out how to prevent it in future generations. To learn more about JDRF or type 1 diabetes go to http://www.jdrf.org/