Walks to Cure Diabetes taking place in several communities throughout Utah, including Logan

SALT LAKE CITY – JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will host its annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” event Saturday, Sept. 20 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. The Tri-County event, which anticipates raising over $525,000 and hosting more than 5,000 people, is one of three Utah walks in September designed to raise money to fund ongoing diabetes research, including the Artificial Pancreas, Beta Cell Encapsulation, and Smart Insulin.

“With the increasing prevalence of type 1 diabetes here in Utah, and the Walk as our largest fundraiser of the year every donation, large or small has a life changing impact,” said Carol Hatch, JDRF Utah chapter board president. “The Walk to Cure Diabetes is an opportunity for corporations, families and individuals to support the vital type 1 JDRF diabetes research being done to bring us closer to a cure. Our goal is to turn type 1 into type none.”

The JDRF Walk will raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes research and to show support for the millions of people affected by the disease. Corporations, families and individuals can register or donate for Walk to Cure Diabetes online by visiting <a href=”http://www.walk.jdrf.org/”>walk.jdrf.org</a>. No registration fee is required.

Below is information for each of the three walks this month:

<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Saturday, Sept. 13</span></strong>

<ul> <li>5K Cache Valley Walk in Logan</li> <li>The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at Willow Park, located at 450 West 700 South in Logan</li> <li>Pre-event registration is available <a href=”http://www.walk.jdrf.org/”>online</a>. Same day registration is also available and will begin at 9 a.m.</li> </ul>

<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Saturday, Sept. 20</span></strong>

<ul> <li>5K Tri-County Walk in Salt Lake City</li> <li>The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at Liberty Park, located at 600 East 900 South in Salt Lake City</li> <li>Pre-event registration is available <a href=”http://www.walk.jdrf.org/”>online</a>. Same day registration is also available and will begin at 8 a.m.</li> </ul>

<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Saturday, Sept. 27</span></strong>

<ul> <li>5K Utah County Walk in Provo</li> <li>The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at Shops at Riverwoods, located at 4801 North University Ave. in Provo</li> <li>Pre-event registration is available <a href=”http://www.walk.jdrf.org/”>online</a>. Same day registration is also available and will begin at 8 a.m.</li> </ul>

More than 140,000 Utah residents (Utah Department of Health), and 29.1 million Americans, (CDC 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report) are currently diagnosed with diabetes. T1D occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin glucose stays in the blood where it can damage all organ systems of the body.

People with T1D must take insulin to live and undergo multiple injections daily, as well as test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood. In addition, they must also carefully balance their food intake and exercise to regulate blood sugar levels to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.

<p class=”BlockText1″ align=”left”>JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. About 500,000 people nationally walked last year and raised $90 million to cure diabetes. For more information about JDRF or the Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><a href=”http://www.jdrf.org/utah”>www.jdrf.org/utah</a></span>.

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<p class=”NormalWeb1″><strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>About JDRF</span></strong>

<p class=”NormalWeb1″>JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of T1D research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. T1D 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 T1D, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. To register now and participate, sponsor the event, build a Walk team, or for more information please visit <a href=”http://www.jdrf.org/”>walk.jdrf.org</a> or call 801-530-0660.

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