Every year thousands of people gather at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut to participate in the JDRF walk to cure juvenile diabetes. The annual walk will take place this Saturday, March 3, 2012 and is expected to raise over $500,000.
The walk is hosted by The Fairfield County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It serves to celebrate all of the fundraising efforts of children and families as well as support all of those coping with this lifelong disease.
Many festivities will take place throughout the day. The day will open with a huge food tent in which all the proceeds go towards the Foundation. Children’s activities kick off at 9:30 am and the walk will commence at about 10:00 am. This year two special guests, Congressman Jim Jones and Mayor Greg Smith, will speak after the walk is completed at around 12:00 pm.
Juvenile diabetes also known as type 1 diabetes can strike people at any age and usually comes on suddenly. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of the numerous symptoms of this disease.
Type 1 diabetes creates a sudden dependence on injected or pumped insulin for rest of someone’s life. In order to know how much insulin to inject each individual they must test their blood by pricking their fingers at least five or six times per day. While these injections or pumps of insulin allow people to stay alive there is no cure or strong prevention methods for the disease’s possible effects.
“Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S” JDRF declares. Although there is no cure as of March 2012, JDRF is determined they will find a cure and will not give up on research.
Go support Norwalk’s Annual Walk to cure diabetes by registering at www.jdrf.org/walk.