― With the help of Hendrick Honda Bradenton and supporters, JDRF’s Florida Suncoast Chapter aims to raise $182,000 for critically needed type 1 diabetes research ―
Sarasota,Fl, October, 20, 2014 ― More than 2,500 advocates representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to participate in the JDRF One Walk™ in Lakewood Ranch on April 18, 2015 at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The event is JDRF Florida Suncoast Chapter’s annual Walk, and is one of more than 200 community Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s mission to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). The chapter has set a fundraising goal of more than $182,000 which will help fund critically needed T1D research.
“Whether you have type 1 diabetes, know someone who does, or want to simply participate in an event that makes a huge impact on so many lives, JDRF welcomes you to our team,” said Carl D. Marks, Executive Director. “Thanks to the incredible supporters of the JDRF One Walk, the community of Bradenton and Sarasota, and supporters like Hendrick Honda Bradenton, JDRF is able to direct even more funding toward important type 1 diabetes research for the millions of people with this serious disease. We are confident that together, we will reach our fundraising goal and ultimately be a part of turning Type One into Type None.”
The Walk is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes entertainment, celebrities,food and fun. The entire Walk will be approximately 3 miles long, starting on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch and ending at the same location. Registration is now open! Go to walk.jdrf.org to register a team or donate to an existing team.
JDRF One Walk is the most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D, raising over $75 million annually. Since 1992, the event has raised more than 1 billion dollars for life-changing T1D research—research that has led to breakthrough discoveries, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing. Although there has been considerable progress, there is plenty more we have yet to accomplish. As JDRF’s flagship fundraising event and the largest T1D event in the world, JDRF One Walk provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your local JDRF community and show your commitment to creating a world without T1D.
“We are excited to be partnering with JDRF for this event to help fund important type 1 diabetes research,” said Greg Schenk, General Manager for Hendrick Honda Bradenton. “We are inspired by all those living with type 1 diabetes, and are proud to be part of JDRF’s efforts to rid the world of this terrible disease.”
About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit www. jdrf.org .