Why We Walk: Deegan’s Dream Team


The Walk has never been just about a 5k, the tents, the music, or the goodies in the food tent. It is the unified spirit of the T1D community coming together as one force rallying for an end to T1D. A reimagined Walk will NOT change that unity and commitment to finding a cure.

Deegan’s Dream Team formed quickly in the months following Deegan’s diagnosis 3 years ago. Walking and raising funds for research helped them gain a sense of hope for the first time since the diagnosis, and connect them to the T1D community. Every time they complete a JDRF One Walk, they continue to feel that hope for finding a cure. Deegan feels so special whenever they talk about his team, and he looks forward to walk day all year long!

When asked why they’re still walking this year, Deegan’s Dream Team said “We aren’t able to have a traditional One Walk experience this year, but we are still walking! We are walking to help accelerate life-changing breakthroughs for those living with type one diabetes. We are walking to celebrate our son and the strength and bravery that he shows each day. We’re still in! Are you?”

We hope you’ll decide that you’re still in, and register with us for the 2020 JDRF One Walk on Sunday, November 1st.

If you’re still in, tag us in your photos completing your miles toward mission on Facebook or Instagram.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dana Brill (DBrill@JDRF.org) or Erin Vella (EVella@JDRF.org).