Come join us on October 6th, 2012 as we are walking and raising funds for the American Diabetes Association’s signature fund raising walk, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Every step we take and every dollar we raise will make a difference in the lives of 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes.
Did you know that 1 in 3 children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime?
Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States.The American Diabetes Association is the leading non-profit organization supporting all 25.8 million American children and adults living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They count on the funds raised through Step Out to not only help Stop Diabetes but also to fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; to deliver services to hundreds of communities; to provide objective and credible information; and to give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Why help us Stop Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles.
Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance, a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin, combined with relative insulin deficiency. It is estimated that 90-95% of Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes complications are serious:
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Leading cause of kidney failure
- Nervous system disease and nontraumatic lower-limb amputations
When you walk, you help Stop Diabetes.
Walking is one of the easiest, most relaxing forms of exercise for many people, but especially for those living with diabetes. Walking helps control blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and improves overall quality of life. It is also an activity that can help prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in people at risk.
You can walk almost anywhere at any time. And walking can give you more energy and help relieve stress. It’s a simple, positive way to improve your health. You don't need expensive equipment, just a good pair of walking shoes!
And walking for the cause helps raise funds for the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
What can you do to help?
- Join our team and help us Stop Diabetes by raising funds to reach our goal!
- Make a donation to support one our team members! No matter how small or large, your generous donation will help us stop diabetes.
Either way, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.
Do you know someone that has diabetes? Please make a donation on their behalf. Or ask them to join us as we walk to Stop Diabetes!
For more information, please follow the links below:
Geeks in Phoenix Team Page
My Personal Page
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes