On Oct. 6, thousands of people got together to stop diabetes for the nearly 26 million American children and adults with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and their families, friends, colleagues and caregivers. Across Pennsylvania and across the country, the American Diabetes Association hosted “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” events to raise awareness about diabetes and money to fight a disease that affects so many. Walkers secured donations from family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
These proceeds will benefit the Association, which funds diabetes research, delivers services to hundreds of communities, and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. “Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all,” said Kira Foley, Manager of Fundraising & Special Events. “Step Out is a day to celebrate our Red Striders, who are children and adults with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes! It’s a day to raise awareness and recognize our teams, walkers and sponsors, and celebrate their fundraising success! Come join us as we stop diabetes together!” (Photos by J.L. Martello)