JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter aims to raise $340,000 for type 1 diabetes research
JDRF One Walk will kick off it’s annual event in Madison, WI on Sunday, Septepmber 24, 2017 at UW Health at the American Center, aiming to raise more than $340,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event, organized by the JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter, is expected to attract more than 3,000 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations. The event is one of approximately 200 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.
“Everyone who comes out to walk or support the event will bring us one step closer to turning Type One into Type None. This is a great activity for families and friends to get together in support of type 1 diabetes research, whether you know someone affected by T1D or just want to make a difference,” said Jennifer Wickman, Executive Director. “We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of Madison, and supporters like John Sheehan of UW Health, who are doing their part to make life better for more than 1.25 million people in the United States who have this serious disease.”
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 inflatable obstacle courses, a rock climbing wall, and appearnces by local mascots such as Bucky Badger, Maynard the Mallard, and more! Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 11:00 a.m at UW Health at the American Center. Participants will have the option to walk a one mile route or a two mile route, both of which will start and finish at UW Health at the American Center.
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. Type 1 diabetes 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. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research. This funding has enabled research on how to prevent, delay and ultimately cure T1D. It has led to life-changing drugs, treatments and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.
“We are excited to partner with JDRF for One Walk to fund type 1 diabetes research and support the families who live with this burdensome disease,” said John Sheehan, Corporate Chair. “We are proud to be a part of a community that cares, and we hope that our teamwork and support will soon lead to a world without T1D.”
JDRF gratefully acknowledges its local corporate partners for the JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter’s Walk, including our Presenting Sponsors, Hallick Holdings and Sub Zero & Wolf.