Walgreens, Potbellys, SwedishAmerican, Remax Realty, Rockford Minority News, Novo Nordisk, Roche Diagnostics and others have signed on to sponsor the first Americas Walk for Diabetes in Rockford, which will be Sept. 25 at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Rockford. The event is expected to raise $60,000 for research and programs for this serious disease.
The American Diabetes Association is grateful to our Rockford supporters for their commitment to Americas Walk for Diabetes, said Michele Wysoglad, national director, Special Market Projects for the American Diabetes Association and currently spearheading the launch in Rockford.
Events like Americas Walk for Diabetes not only raise funds for diabetes, they also bring public attention to the risk factors and consequences associated with the disease, said Christine Huff, public relations volunteer. For example, Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and if a person is over the age of 45, underactive and overweight, they are at serious risk for developing diabetes. If not treated early and appropriately, serious complications can develop that affect the heart, kidneys, eyesight and limbs. This event is a great way for friends, family and neighbors to get together and enjoy healthy food and fun, while contributing their time and spirit to helping find a cure.
More than 18.2 million Americans have diabetes, and while an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed and are receiving life-enhancing treatment, 5.2 million people (or one-third) are unaware they even have the disease. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in America, killing more people than AIDS or breast cancer. The cost of preventable chronic complications in the United States annually now exceeds $25 billion.
You can make a difference! Local sponsors and volunteers are needed. If you, your organization or company are interested to sign up as a walker, a team, sponsor or volunteer, or to donate, please contact Michele Wysoglad at 1-800-676-4065, ext. 6505.
From the July 6-12, 2005, issue