JDRF will kick off its inaugural JDRF Community One Walk in Charlottesville on Saturday, April 14 at Albemarle High School aiming to raise more than $50,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event, organized by JDRF volunteers, is expected to attract more than 500 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations. The JDRF Community One Walk brings together people who share JDRF's vision to create a world without T1D for a day of inspiration and fun.
"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 one diabetes research, whether you know someone affected by T1D or just want to make a difference," said Ashley Thornton, JDRF Community One Walk chair.
"We are grateful for the incredible support of the Charlottesville community, our Presenting Sponsor St. Anne's-Belfield School, our planning committee, and all those who have helped along the way. Each is 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 the JDRF Community One Walk and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun with entertainment, fun and education. Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 11:00 am at Albemarle High School. The entire walk will be approximately 2 miles and is self-paced. To register, please visit walk.jdrf.org/Charlottesville.
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.
"The dollars raised at JDRF One Walks fund critical research to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure T1D. This research has led to life-changing drugs, treatments and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing. Charlottesville is world-renown for its impressive leadership in diabetes technology research being advanced at the University of Virginia. JDRF is proud to have supported U.Va.'s closed loop artificial pancreas research for more than a decade," said Pam Edmonds, JDRF International Board of Directors member and Charlottesville resident.
"We are excited to partner with JDRF for this Community One Walk to fund type one diabetes research and support the youth and families impacted by this condition," said Warren Buford, associate head of school for advancement at St. Anne's-Belfield School.
"We applaud the tremendous work of JDRF to create a world without T1D, and are proud to be part of a broad community that supports this important cause."
JDRF gratefully acknowledges the following additional local organizations and corporate partners for making Charlottesville's Community One Walk a huge success: Keswick Vineyards, Jim Price Automotive, Crutchfield, Beck Cohen, AFT Photography, Black Box Players, WorldStrides, and Ivy Publications.