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The Reno Tahoe Bighorn Walks to Cure Diabetes

JDRF NevadaOn 10.10.10 at 10 a.m. over 5,000 people will participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  The walk, also known by many children with juvenile (or type 1) diabetes as the Day of Hope, is the largest annual fundraising event for the Northern Nevada Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). 

JDRF has a singular mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The Reno based Walk raised over a quarter of a million dollars last year to help bring a cure home to Northern Nevada for the over 250,000 residents with diabetes.

The Walk ventures around the University campus twice and each loop is approximately 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Walk starting at 10 a.m. from a new location – in front of the new Knowledge Center and Student Union.  The event is both family and dog friendly, offering all the Starbucks you can drink, lunch and activities along the route. 

JDRFDiabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.  Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes nor prevent the possibility of its eventual and devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.  Diabetes is the single most costly chronic disease.  24 million American adults and children have diabetes and in the next 30 seconds another person will be diagnosed. Yearly, diabetes accounts for a staggering $174 billion in health-care costs in the U.S. and in the state of Nevada alone, it accounts for $167 million annually. And sadly, one out of every three children born in the U.S. from the year 2000 on will develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime.

Make the Power of Ten work for all children with juvenile diabetes on 10.10.10, and join the Reno Tahoe Bighorn while you’re there! Call 786.1881 or email northernnevada@jdrf.org for more information on powering a difference.