The 2014 Fresno Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk is Saturday, March 29th at Woodward Park! JDRF holds over 200 walks a year to help raise money for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, as well as, to show support to the millions of people who are affected by this disease. Through the walks JDRF has raised over $1 billion for research to help reach their goal of living in a world without T1D. Fresno has helped to raise $33,130.85 to go towards diabetes research and I know we can raise much, much more!
You can walk alone or put together a team of family, friends, and co-workers, or if you are like me you can grab your T1D friends and build a team together. Register yourself/team by visiting the JDRF Fresno Website. Once you have registered for the walk you will access your Participant Center. There you can personalize your page by telling your story, your team’s story, or the story of the person you are walking for. You will also be able to track your fundraising goals and have access to great fundraising tools.
Get your school involved by doing a kids walk. The JDRF has two goals for their Kids Walk:
- To educate students about T1D and T2D and teach students healthy eating habits.
- To give students the opportunity to raise money for a good cause.
Getting your school involved in a Kids Walk will help you to raise funds for your schools needs. If you are interested in having your school participate in a Kids Walk please visit kidswalk.jdrf.org.
You can also get your company involved. Your company can create a team of their own, help sponsor an event, or donate resources to help make the event a success. This is a great opportunity for your company to give back to your community. Be sure to get in contact with your local chapter for more information on how to help.
I had a blast last year walking this event. My diabetes group and I named ourselves The Diabuddies and raised nearly $2000! Our families and friends joined us for the walk and celebrated the money we raised to help find a cure. The day was quite eventful, full of memories, and laughter. Everyone gathered together to do a fun warm up; we took great team photos, and enjoyed some Chic-Fil-a. It was so great to see our community come together to support such a great cause and I was so happy to be a part of it.