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5K to benefit juvenile diabetes fund set for Saturday
by Staff Reports
October 18, 2013 06:13 PM | 3445 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Advocates, patients and supporters are gearing up for Saturday’s annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund 5K Walk to Cure Diabetes at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

The event, billed as the largest fundraiser for JDRF worldwide, is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

On the local front, the team from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs is looking to continue its impressive run. The Holy Innocents’ contingency has raised more money for the fall walk than any other school in the country.

More than 30 people are closely affected by Type 1 diabetes, including 11 students. Due to their conditions, they constantly monitor food intake, exercise and stress to accomplish virtually all endeavors, including simple tasks like taking a test, running to class or even grabbing a quick snack.

There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Supporting the local JDRF team translates to thousands of dollars donated to JDRF, the worldwide leader dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for people with Type 1 diabetes.

The money raised helps JDRF perform the following:

o award research grants to the scientific community to encourage study in fields that will support Type 1 diabetes scientists

o fund clinical trials that will deliver a continuous stream of life-changing Type 1 diabetes therapies

o partner with industry, academia, government, and other organizations to coordinate the global Type 1 diabetes community’s efforts

o raise awareness of the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and the millions of people affected by the disease

o drive advocacy efforts to contact lawmakers and urge action on crucial legislation

o work with regulators like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop responsible guidance on human trials and new therapies.

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