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Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday
Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

More than 5,000 walkers will participate in the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Florida Chapter on Saturday, April 9th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The local chapter’s goal is to generate $575,000 for research of type 1 diabetes and its complications. This year’s Walk presented by Vistakon, CSX, Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the GATE Foundation, has festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. with the D-Line of the Jacksonville Jaguars leading walkers out of the Fairgrounds onto Bay Street for the three mile walk official beginning at 9 a.m.

The Walk draws participation from both corporations supporting the charity as well as families living with the disease. This year’s Corporate Chairman is Jeff Carbiener, President and CEO of Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS). His team currently has 170 walkers and has raised over $20,000 going into the event. “I am honored to be able to serve as the Corporate Chairman for this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes,” said Carbiener. “LPS is committed to supporting the Jacksonville community by helping JDRF raise money to save children’s lives and provide them and their families with a brighter future.”

Kaylin and Trinity Hoffmann of Middleburg are this year’s official junior ambassadors for the event. For them the cause is extremely personal. Both were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as young children. Their team, Kaylin’s Kure / Trinity’s Troopers have raised over $51,000 since their first daughter, Kaylin was diagnosed at the age of two. This year, the team has already recruited 70 walkers and raised $2,000 dollars. Although they have participated in the Walk for several years, this will be the second since their second daughter Trinity was diagnosed in November on World Diabetes Day of all days. “Insulin is not a cure for type 1 diabetes. While we pray for a cure every day, my family believes JDRF is our best hope of funding and finding a cure through research so we do everything we can to support the cause,” said Sarah Hoffmann, mom to Kaylin and Trinity

Type 1 (juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Typically the disease strikes children and adolescents suddenly and makes them dependent upon injected or pumped insulin for life. While the causes of this process are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes through its support of research.

Following the Walk, participants will enjoy live music by Grimm White Steed, lunch provided by Firehouse Subs, Piccadilly and Coca-Cola, and carnival activities sponsored by Spacewalk. Joy Purdy and Dan Hicken of First Coast News will act as celebrity emcees for the Walk. Additional vendors include Coffee Perks, Frito Lay, Krispy Kreme, Olive Garden, Papa Johns, Publix, Village Bread and Bagels, Water Filtration Company, and Woody's.

Additional sponsors of the Walk include Adecco, Balfour Beatty Rail, Coastal Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Family Care Partners, HDR One Company, Jacksonville Bank, Miller Electric, PRI Productions, Safariland, Swisher, and TSG Realty.

Those interested in participating in the local Walk to Cure Diabetes can visit www.jdrfnorthflorida.org or call (904) 739-2101 to learn more or to register.  There is no registration fee and no minimum donation to participate. Those that raise $100 or more will get a t-shirt and will be eligible for additional walker incentive prizes.

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