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St. Pete Times Forum to Host Walk to Cure Diabetes Tomorrow

 5K Walk to Raise Money for Juvenile Diabetes Research

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has teamed up with the St. Pete Times Forum to host a “Walk to Cure Diabetes” tomorrow, April 3 at 9:00 am. Registration for the event begins at 8:00 a.m.
More than 3,000 people are expected to walk 5K along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa to raise money for diabetes research. Last year, $410,000 was raised for diabetes research and, this year, $439,000 is the goal. In addition to the walk, refreshments and children’s activities will also be available.
“The St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay Lightning and Lightning Foundation are proud to host the Walk to Cure Diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is to be commended for their tremendous success with this event. It is a great pleasure for our organization to be associated with another outstanding community champion,” said Kasey Dowd Smith, Executive Director, Lightning Foundation.
Nearly 24 million people Americans live with diabetes and its complications. As many as three million have type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. Diabetes kills one American every three minutes. Recent studies have shown that diabetes accounted for more than $156 billion in healthcare costs in the United States. All funds generated from the walk will go towards finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly, and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in FY2009. In FY2009, the Foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, 40 clinical trials and grants and fellowships in 22 countries.

No ticket is needed for this event. Although there is no set registration fee, all donations are accepted and appreciated. To register, please visit, or call .



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