07.23.2018 Back to News

JDRF One Walk is Aug. 25

Methodist Health System is proud to be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s One Walk (formerly the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes). This family-oriented event, which raises funds for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, will be held at Lewis & Clark Landing on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The JDRF One Walk raises funds for research to find a cure and create "a world where Type One has become Type None." 

Join the Methodist One Walk Team

Joining the MHS One Walk team is easy, and you are welcome to encourage family, friends and neighbors to walk with you on the Methodist team. 

Sign up for the walk by registering online.

Online registration is strongly encouraged; however, registrations will also be accepted at the event. 

JDRF One Walks do not require a registration fee. Participants are encouraged to support type 1 diabetes research by fundraising or making a donation. To purchase a Methodist Team t-shirt, please contact Tyler Ratigan before Aug. 8 (cost $10). 

Immediately following the walk, join us at the Extra Mile After Party at The Capitol District, where 15 percent of all proceeds will also go towards JDRF to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. 

Why should you walk for JDRF?

Through the Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health, as well as Methodist Physicians Clinics, Methodist providers see patients of all ages who are affected by diabetes and will benefit from the research being done by the JDRF.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, and the word "juvenile" is no longer descriptive of the disease or those burdened with it. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. According to JDRF, 85 percent of those in the U.S with type 1 diabetes are adults. 

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. While the causes of the disease are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

Type 1 diabetes comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While insulin allows a person with type 1 diabetes to stay alive, insulin does not cure the disease, nor necessarily prevent its serious effects, such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, stroke and pregnancy complications.

For More Information 

If you have questions, contact Tyler Ratigan at (402) 815-1106.