700 Walkers Raise Money for Diabetes Research

About 700 participants walkers and runners covered 3.1 miles (5k) along the Riverwalk near Rotary Park to raise money for the 13th Annual Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes Saturday. The event has raised about $60,000, with more donations yet to be counted.

Local organizers hope to reach $130,000 as part of the annual fund drive that began mid-summer and ends in November. Proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is a major source of funding for research to find a cure for Type I diabetes. About 40 children are diagnosed daily with the disease nationwide, and 100 youngsters in the Muscogee County School District live with Type I diabetes, according to event officials. For more information about the disease, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, go to http://www.jdrf.org.