Walk to Cure Diabetes Nov. 12 in New Orleans

The New Orleans Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is looking for family and corporate teams for its upcoming 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The walk will be held on Nov. 12 at Audubon Park Shelter 10. Teams can be comprised of families, friends, schools and companies that have an interest in fighting for a cure for the disease.

Walk to Cure Diabetes is a part of the JDRF New Orleans Chapter’s efforts to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and the complications that are associated with it.

The event is a 2-mile walk through Audubon Park.

The walk will feature entertainment, food, refreshments, space walks, games and activities for the kids. Food will be provided by Piccadilly Restaurants, Zea’s Rotisserie, Mr. Ed’s and other local restaurants.

Pre-register for the walk at www2.jdrf.org/site/PageServer?pa gename=walk_homepage or register the day of the walk. Registration will be at Audubon Park Shelter 10 and will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 9:30 a.m.

The New Orleans Chapter’s goal is to raise $250,000 in support of the JDRF mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Entire families from kids to grandparents have attended the walk in support of and in honor of the many children and adults who are faced with this disease everyday.

Participation will impact the lives of 516,000 Louisianans living with diabetes.

On Facebook, search JDRF New Orleans Branch.

JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure Type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.

Until a cure is found, people with Type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump — each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

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