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Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes along Greenway

The Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes takes place next Sunday, June 12, at the Mission Creek Greenway in Kelowna.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. while registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the main entrance by the EECO Centre.

The annual Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes unites communities across Canada to help find a cure for diabetes. Last year, the 2010 Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes brought together over 48,000 Canadians and raised over $7.5 million.

There are over 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes and that number is increasing by three to five per cent annually, with the greatest rise in children between the ages of five and nine years old.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.

Without a cure, the disease lasts a lifetime with people dependent on injected or pumped insulin.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has funded more than $1.4 billion in research.

Sign up for the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes at www.jdrf.ca/walk.

 

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