JDRF One Walk is a fun, family-friendly event held at many locations around the world. Dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors raise money to make living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) safer and healthier, and to help find a cure.
The local chapter of JDRF will hold its annual 4 Rivers One Walk on Saturday, August 19 at Noble Park in Paducah. Registration begins at 9am, and the walk begins at 10:30am. Organizers encourage walkers and their families to stay around after the event and enjoy inflatables and vendors. Relatives of folks with Type 1 are encouraged to participate in TrialNet to determine their diabetes risk.
“We are thrilled to see our community join together to support the millions of people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D),” said Mary Dossett, Executive Director of JDRF’s Kentucky Chapter. “JDRF has a strategic plan to end T1D. We are grateful to our dedicated donors, volunteers, and participants throughout this community in helping us create a world without type 1 diabetes.”
JDRF One Walk teams can be formed in one of three ways - family, corporate and schools/youth organizations. Family teams aren't limited to just family members, they can include friends, coworkers, classmates and neighbors.
Corporate teams are created by companies who want to support T1D research, but just like family teams, anyone can join, even non–employees. You can also encourage your child's school or youth organization to start a team - it's a great way to build awareness and get involved at an early age.
“Type 1 Diabetes, or juvenile diabetes, is not typically in the public eye,” explained One Walk organizer Carrie Gottschalk Singler. “Awareness events like the 4 Rivers One Walk go a long way in our community to positively impact the life of a friend, or classmate, with T1D. We want to make sure the kids are safe at school, and that our community members have all the resources they need.”
“The One Walk is a place where families can connect, share, and learn from each other. It is incredibly overwhelming for newly diagnosed families, so one thing we want to accomplish with the Walk is getting all the families together so they can bond and share diabetes ‘life hacks’ and concerns.”
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin - a hormone essential to turning food into energy. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
As the leading global organization funding T1D research, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (FDRF) mission is to fund life-changing research to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community.
Around the United States, more than 200 community JDRF One Walks bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year. JDRF One Walk events raise over $68 million annually. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion dollars for life-changing T1D research that has led to breakthrough discoveries. For more information, please visit JDRF.org