Superpowered Saturday at Triad Park
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Saturday, October 29, dawned bright and crisp—the perfect day heading out to Triad Park to celebrate T1D Superpowers at the Piedmont Triad’s 2022 One Walk & T1D Day, presented by HealthTeam Advantage, HICAPS, The Carroll Companies, and FOX8.
All morning long, hundreds of individuals, families, and sponsors celebrated the grit…the determination…and the passion of our T1D community. Everyone was focused on moving forward toward our vision:
A world without T1D.
Because our supporters want flexibility on Walk Day, we scheduled two Walk times—9:15 and 11:15 am—with mission updates, kids’ activities, and games (including a putting contest hosted by Carolina Kia, Carolina Hyundai, and UNC basketball legend Phil Ford) running from 10:15 – 11:15 am.
Under a brilliant blue sky, the Walk route was glorious, with the trees at peak color and with a variety of amazing playgrounds inviting our youngest Walkers to take a play break!
In addition to our traditional—and wildly popular—T-Shirt Parade, we hosted our first-ever T1D Procession, when all T1D Warriors donned their “T1D Looks Like Me” super-hero capes and walked down the hillside and across the stage, grouped by how long they have lived with type 1.
It was a powerful interlude, and a perfect reminder of why we were together, fundraising and friend-raising. To date, our super-hero Piedmont Triad Walkers have raised nearly $415,000 to turn Type One into Type None!
Our MCs, Neill McNeill and Van Denton of FOX8 and JDRF Piedmont Triad Board President Robb Mothershed, energized the crowd even further by sharing their own dedication to a world without T1D.
On the Research front, Dr. Carmen Valcarce, Chief Scientific Officer of vTv Therapeutics, a JDRF Research Partner in High Point, shared vTv’s plans to embark on Phase III clinical trial of TTP399, an oral therapy that would serve as an adjunct to insulin, significantly reducing the incidence of hypoglycemia. Adults with T1D in the Triad will be able to participate in the clinical trial.
Finally, Piedmont Triad Advocacy Team Chair Beth Perry Sutherland did a show-and-tell to illustrate why building the largest possible group of JDRF Advocates matters: When one person speaks, people (including Members of Congress) can ignore him/her. But when 1,000 people speak, others must listen. Super-charging our Advocacy efforts will deliver tremendous results in terms of insulin affordability, better T1D therapies, and enhanced research efforts. Please amplify our voices by becoming an Advocate at jdrf.org/join.
Mark your calendars now for the 2023 Piedmont Triad One Walk: See you back at Triad Park on Saturday, October 28, 2023!