WIVB-TV has sponsored the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for many years to help raise awareness of efforts to fight type 1 diabetes and provide patient support. It’s estimated that 15,000 Western New York families live with the daily struggles of type 1 diabetes. This disease can strike both children and adults suddenly. It makes patients insulin-dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. More than 85 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF is second only to the U.S. government in funding diabetes research.
In 2014, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes was held on June 8 in Delaware Park. The event drew a record crowd of 3,200 walkers. With major support from community sponsors such as WIVB-TV and Tops Markets, organizers are confident they reached the Walk’s fundraising goal of $650,000. To learn more about JDRF and opportunities to volunteer visit the Western New York JDRF page.