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The Power of Ten – Walk to Cure Diabetes at UNR

RENO, Nev. – On Oct. 10, 2010 at 10 a.m. more than 5,000 people will participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. The Walk, also known by many children with juvenile (or type 1) diabetes as the Day of Hope, is the largest annual fundraising event for the Northern Nevada Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF has a singular mission: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The Reno-based Walk raised more than a quarter of a million dollars last year to help bring a cure home to Northern Nevada for the over 250,000 residents with diabetes.

The Walk ventures around the university campus twice and each loop is approximately 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Walk starting at 10 a.m. This year the Walk kicks off in a new location on campus at new Knowledge Center and Student Union. The event is both family and dog friendly, offering all-you-can-drink Starbucks, lunch and activities along the route.

It’s also an opportunity for corporate participation through sponsorship or forming a Walk team.

Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. There are two major types of diabetes: Type 1 and type 2. Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes nor prevent the possibility of its eventual and devastating effects: Kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke and pregnancy complications. Diabetes is the single most costly chronic disease: 24 million American adults and children have diabetes and in the next 30 seconds another person will be diagnosed. Yearly, diabetes accounts for a staggering $174 billion in health-care costs in the U.S. In the state of Nevada, it accounts for $167 million annually. One out of every three children born in the U.S. from the year 2000 on will develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime.

Make the Power of Ten work for all children with juvenile diabetes on “10.10.10.” Call 775-786-1881 or e-mail northernnevada@jdrf.org for more information on powering a difference.

– Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com