The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes takes place Sunday, September 21 at Fort George Park at the Kiwanis Bandshell.
The annual event is Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s biggest community fundraiser.
Families, friends, and co-workers will sport their quirkiest costumes and most colourful team shirts to show their spirit and passion for the foundation’s pursuit of a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The renaming of the walk emphasizes TELUS’ commitment, as the new title sponsor, to Type 1 diabetes research in Canada.
Type 1 diabetes is a non-preventable autoimmune disease that affects more than 200,000 Canadians and is increasing by three to five per cent annually in terms of incidence the greatest rise is among children aged five to nine years old.
More than 45,000 Canadians participate in the Walk every year. The fundraising goal JDRF set for 2008 is more than $7 million.
“Finding a cure is really important because it means that I, and kids like me, won’t have to inject ourselves everyday with insulin and prick ourselves to test our blood. I’m doing the walk, not just for myself but for all the other people in the world who have diabetes,” says Claire Longcroft, this year’s youth ambassador. The opening ceremonies start at 1:35 p.m. and the walk gets underway at 2 p.m.