JDRF Northern New England anticipates more than 300 particpants to join the walk
On Sunday, June 14, 2020, the JDRF Northern New England Chapter kicks off it’s annual JDRF One Walk® at the Collins Perley Complex in St. Albans, VT. Aiming to raise more than $100,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, the event is expected to attract more than 300 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations.
The event is one of approximately 160 JDRF One Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without T1D.
“Each year more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the United States,” explains (Brian Shankey, Executive Director). “We are thankful for the City of St. Albans, our volunteers, donors and local sponsors like Hickock and Boardman and Yolo Snacks for their continued support. Every participant and supporter of the JDRF One Walk helps us fund critical research that can lead to scientific breakthroughs and ultimately a cure.”
JDRF encourages people of all ages driven to support a great cause to participate in JDRF One Walk and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun, with an appearance from Champ of the Lake Monsters, the Big Blue Trunk, and a performance from Studio 3 Dance. Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 9am at the Collins Perley Complex.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. T1D requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications.
T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable, and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.
JDRF One Walk is the largest and most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D. It is comprised of a community that is dedicated to supporting the millions of people living with T1D each and every day.
Whether they have a direct connection to the disease or not, everyone who joins JDRF One Walk is united and passionate about showing their support in accelerating life-changing breakthroughs that get us closer to a cure and providing hope to those affected by T1D.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.
JDRF is the world’s largest private funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research to find cures for T1D, while improving lives today through advocacy and community engagement. JDRF drives more funds to T1D research than any organization and has played a leading role in many T1D advances – drug, device and cell research – in the last 49 years. The organization combines a unique mix of research and advocacy expertise, calling for affordable access to treatments and therapies while bringing together top researchers to tackle the most promising science and generate private and government investments. JDRF further augments its impact with the independently run T1D Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on catalyzing an investment market in T1D. An international organization built on a grassroots model, JDRF is headquartered in New York with staff and volunteers across five international affiliates who fundraise and support research in more than 20 countries. Visit jdrf.org to learn more and follow us @JDRF.