JDRF One Walk set for Sunday

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - JDRF One Walk will kick off its annual event in Reno Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the University of Nevada Reno campus, aiming to raise $250,000 to help fund critically-needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

The event, organized by JDRF Northern Nevada, is expected to attract more than 2,500 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations.

“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 Mary Powell, Executive Director. “We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of Northern Nevada and local businesses, 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 pre walk warm ups, Taiko drum performances, music and a kids zone. Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. The entire JDRF One Walk will be approximately 3.5 miles long, starting at the Joe Crowley Student Union and ending at the same location.

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 Chris Schultz of MicroMetl, this year’s $10,000 lead sponsor. “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 Northern Nevada’s Walk, including MicroMetl, Tanamera, Renown Children’s Hospital, LP Insurance Services, Spectrum Enterprise, Spine Nevada and First Independent Bank.