CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - More than 4,000 people showed up to the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Saturday morning, pushing the organization well on their way to their $540,000 goal. The brightly-colored team shirts made it easy to see type-1 diabetes affects a lot of people.
But it also brings them together.
“It’s wonderful to see, I mean everywhere you look there’s somebody you know, and they’re all here supporting everybody,” said Krista Flanagan.
Flanagan and her tie-dye shirt team were at the New Bo Market for her daughter Ellie, diagnosed when she was 3 years old. In the six years since then, her diabetes has been an ongoing challenge.
“I have to change my pump every three days,” said Ellie.
“Always checking blood sugars, and she’s in a lot of sports,” said Krista, “so being active makes her blood sugars go crazy once in a while.”
AnnElise Walsh, executive director for JDRF, said all of the walkers and support from volunteers and donors gave JDRF the boost it needed to get within arm’s reach of their fundraising goal.
“We are well over $500,000, and our goal this year is $540,000, so as that money comes in we will meet our goal,” Walsh explained.
As usual, the rest will come from donors and sponsorships. Walsh said the only thing out of the ordinary is being at New Bo Market. But being outside wasn’t such a bad thing.
“Outdoors is really where we want to be, that’s where people want to be, being active and enjoying this amazing facility,” Walsh said. “The benefits of all that remodeling after the flood is all of these beautiful spaces that were so thought through, and they were really designed to bring the community out of their houses.”