Northeast Indiana’s JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

May 5, 2012

Location: Franke Park

Phone: 574.273.1810


Event Description

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 7:35 AM EST

More than 1,000 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to turn out for Northeast Indiana’s JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, on Saturday, May 5th at Franke Park.

Entire families—kids and grandparents, alike, enjoy participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes—even if they are not among the tens of millions of Americans with a personal connection to diabetes. At the 2012 Walk, there will be entertainment, a DJ, refreshments, etc… fun for the whole family. Event registration starts at 9:00 AM and the Walk begins at 10:30 AM. Walkers can register to participate by visiting our website at and selecting “The Walk to Cure Diabetes” icon.

The 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes is chaired by Brent Henley, defenseman for the Fort Wayne Komets hockey team. Henley has lived with type-1 diabetes (T1D) for over a decade. Henley’s commitment to JDRF includes hosting families involved with JDRF at Komets home games with personal meet and greet time to discuss his efforts to maintain a productive healthy live with T1D.

Actor Kevin Kline is National Chair of JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mr. Kline has been a celebrity advocate for JDRF for the past six years: “Those of us who are blessed with good health must do all we can to help support the research community in their search for a cure for [type-1] diabetes”, said Kline. “The Daily regimen of finger pricks and injections of insulin, combined with the constant threat of complications, are burdens no child should have to suffer.”

JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. Nationally, nearly 500,000 people walked to cure diabetes last year. Collectively, the JDRF Walks raised over $116 million last year.

JDRF, the leading charitable funder and advocate of type-1 diabetes (T1D) research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by parents of children with, what them was called, juvenile diabetes—a disease which strikes children suddenly, making them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1.6 billion in direct funding to diabetes research.
More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing the disease. For more information, visit the JDRF web site at or call 574.273.1810

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