Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - What type are you? If you're one of the 1.25 million kids and adults living with Type One Diabetes, you know a cure is needed. Sheila Carlson, Development Manager with Indiana Chapter of JDRF explains that "Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and at present, nothing you can do to get rid of it."
JDRF, is forming teams for the annual One Walk to turn Type One into Type None. You can be the type that changes lives by raising awareness and support at the Fort Wayne walk planned for Saturday, May 6, at Headwaters Park. Visit this link to register for a team or to walk as an individual. NewsChannel 15 anchor, Heather Herron will emcee the walk. Pre-walk activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the walk will start at 10:15 a.m.
Funds raised at the walk will support research to help make a world without Type One Diabetes. This year's goal is $105.500. Carlson suggests "if someone is new to the One Walk, the best way to get involved is to register a team or as an individual, attend the walk and meet other families as well as vendors who can tell you more about treating T1D. JDRF staff are always available to answer questions or meet with you to help you find the right way to get involved." She continues "JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications."
WANE-TV is a proud sponsor of the JDRF One Walk.