Co-workers, neighbors and families across the country form America's Walk for Diabetes

Call the American Diabetes Association at 1-888-DIABETES to register or volunteer for annual fund-raising walk

This year, more than 350 area residents will gather at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. They will team up with their friends, neighbors and co-workers and gather sponsors and donations to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. They will walk together proudly as part of the first America’s Walk for Diabetes.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois area of the American Diabetes Association, America’s Walk for Diabetes will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon. The event is expected to raise $60,000 for research to find a cure for this serious disease.

“Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all,” said Michele Wysoglad, national director, ADA. “Young, old, men, women and children from every walk of life are affected by this serious disease.”

“America’s Walk for Diabetes is such a wonderful event for friends and co-workers to come together and help raise money for a good cause,” said Wysoglad. “The camaraderie and spirit that is enjoyed by participating in this event is priceless.”

To date, more than 18.2 million Americans—including more than 700,000 in Illinois—have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in America, killing more people than AIDS or breast cancer. More than 213,062 Americans each year will die from its complications.

Local sponsors lending their support to America’s Walk for Diabetes include Vibracraft, Oakfield Development, Davita Care, and Rockford Nephrology Associates. Equal Sweetener is the national presenting sponsor for America’s Walk for Diabetes. Other national corporate sponsors include Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup, Fiber One Bran Cereal, Glucerna, Kraft Diabetic Choices, Murray Sugar Free Cookies, and US DenTek Oral Care. Health magazine and People magazine are the event’s national media sponsors. For more information on America’s Walk for Diabetes, to sign up as a walker, sponsor, or volunteer or to donate, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-888-DIABETES (9255) or visit us on the Internet at

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country providing services in more than 800 communities.

From the Aug. 10-16, 2005, issue

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