Thousands Walk To Cure Type 1 Diabetes
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
January 25, 2014 5:11 PM
Nearly three million Americans suffer from Type 1 Diabetes, and that number continues to rise every year.
To help in the cure against the disease, thousands from across the state took part in the JDRF Walk in Sioux Falls Sat. morning.
"We want them to have a long, healthy life, and a cure would help that," said Sharon Jahn of Sioux Falls.
Family, friends, supporters, and those suffering from Type 1 Diabetes coming together for a cause.
"It's really fun, and you get to meet a lot of new people that you maybe haven't met," said seven-year-old Jacob.
Jacob has been fighting Type 1 Diabetes for more than half of his life, and there are many other children who share the same story.
"We are out here because my son, Carter, was recently diagnosed in September," said Amy Webb, Sioux Falls.
While the severity of the disease is clear, these families are coming together to celebrate getting one step closer to finding a cure.
"There's been a positive response to it. Every body seems excited," said John Holmquest of JDRF.
The 30 minute walk is just one of hundreds across the country. Every dollar raised goes toward research for Type 1 Diabetes.
"You'll see whole groups of adults rallying around little kids who've just been recently diagnosed. To see that they've got that support network is...it's pretty encouraging," said Holmquest.
"It is for giving support and encouragement that there will be a cure found in the future," said Jahn.
Inside the Sanford Research Center, Type 1 diabetics get the chance to see where a cure could potentially come from.
"You can see that people are really curious about what's happening here in the building," said Holmquest.
Whether they've been living with the disease for ten years or ten months, the JDRF Walk gives them a chance to meet others who know what they're going through.
"Letting them know that they're important, and that the cure is important and that we're willing to fight for it," said Holmquest.
If you missed the JDRF Walk in Sioux Falls but would like to donate to the cause, you can do so by visitng jdrf.org