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Hundreds Participate in Diabetes Walk

By Jim Murray, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Reporter, jim.murray@keyt.com
Published On: Oct 12 2013 06:18:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 13 2013 05:29:36 PM CDT

Over 3 million Americans are living with Type 1 Diabetes, the autoimmune disease that causes the pancreas to stop producing insulin. Early this morning, hundreds gathered at Leadbetter Beach for the 4th annual "Walk to Cure Diabetes" event. The goal is to improve the lives of people affected by the disease.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Over 3 million Americans are living with Type 1 Diabetes, the autoimmune disease that causes the pancreas to stop producing insulin. Early this morning, hundreds gathered at Leadbetter Beach for the 4th annual "Walk to Cure Diabetes" event. The goal is to improve the lives of people affected by the disease

As the crowd gathered, it became clear that everyone was there because they've been personally affected by Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. Steve Johnson, Corporate Chair of the 2013 walk, said "My son braxton was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in March of 2010, he's now 13, and it's a big reason why I've become so involved in the cause."

The event was put on by the non-profit JDRF, formerly known as the "Juvenile Diabetis Research Foundation, and the walk continues to grow every year. Larry Meisner of JDRF said "It's outstanding to see how many people have come together for the event, to bring the issue into focus."

Each year more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a staggering number that translates to 80 a day. But Today's turnout showed the strong spirit that people have to fight the disease.

Aaron Eckhart: "For these people to come out here and support the cause, it's really a great thing."

Over 14,000 people on the Central Coast are affected by Type 1 Diabetes. Today's walk gave people the chance to support each other in coping with the disease. Linda Woolfork, who chose to walk in support of her grandson who has Type 1 Diabetes, said "It's amazing to see everyone come together for the cause. We're hanging in there, praying for everyone else."

Johnson said "It brings tears to our eyes to see this kind of support in the community, and to see everyone come out to raise awareness for T1D."

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