JDRF One Walk will kick off its 33rd annual event in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, aiming to raise more than $586,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
The event, organized by the JDRF Southern Nevada Chapter, is expected to attract more than 4,000 supporters representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations. The walk is one of more than 200 community JDRF One Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without T1D.
“This is a great opportunity to get family and friends together whether you have type 1 diabetes, know someone who does, or want to simply participate in an event that makes a huge impact on so many lives” said JDRF Southern Nevada Chapter Board Member and Walk Chair, Karen Kerbis. “Every walker and supporter will bring our community one step closer to turning Type One into Type None. We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of Southern Nevada, and corporate community supporters like Palm Medical Group, who make it possible for JDRF to direct even more funding toward important T1D research for the 1.25 million people with this serious disease.”
JDRF encourages people of all ages driven to support a great cause to participate in JDRF One Walk and enjoy a fun day with other members of the type 1 community and supporters in Southern Nevada.
On-site registration begins at 9:00 am just north of the Student Union on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The JDRF One Walk is approximately a 5K length and starts and finishes at the Student Union. Participants will enjoy a musical performance by TOXSIN from the Sam Ash Music Ash Rock Program and additional artists courtesy of Joze Perez. The national anthem will be performed by Skyler Elaine.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Type 1 diabetes requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications. T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.
JDRF One Walk is the largest and most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D, raising more than $68 million annually. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion dollars for T1D research. This funding has enabled the search to find ways of preventing, delaying or halting the progression of T1D, and ultimately curing it; and has led to, life-changing drugs, treatments and devices many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.
“We’re excited to be partnering with JDRF for this event to help fund much needed type 1 diabetes research,” said Danielle Nakhle, Director of Pharmacy Services for Palm Research Center. “We’re proud to be a part of this community which is so committed to relieving the burden experienced by people with type 1 diabetes and their families, and we share the same desire to rid the world of this disease.”
JDRF gratefully acknowledges its local corporate partners for the Southern Nevada Chapter’s Walk including Bonanza Beverage, Liquor Library, Palm Medical Group and Palm Research Center, Bank of America, NV Energy, Nevada State Bank, Bank of Nevada, and Nevada Construction Services.