Each year in the United States, more than 200 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walks to Cure Diabetes are held, comprised of over 900,000 participants, all taking "steps" to raise money for type-one diabetes research.
In Connecticut, the Greater Connecticut Chapter held their annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at East Hartford's Rentschler Field, raising over $157,000.
Two Pratt & Whitney teams were among the 98 teams that registered for the Sept. 29 event: Cam's Ninjas, captained by Diane Lopez, who raised $1,740; and Powering the Cure, led by Chris DeRose, who raised $2,164.93.
The day proved to be fun for many, particularly children, who were treated to lawn games, a bounce house, roving costumed characters, balloon artists and street performers. Music and a dance-along Zumba performance took place at the stage, where NBC Connecticut's Kevin Nathan emceed the event. Speeches were made by several guests just prior to the start of the 1.5 mile walk, which was grand marshalled by UConn basketball coach emeritus Jim Calhoun.
According to their website, www2.jdrf.org, since 1992 the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for type-one diabetes research.
Upcoming walks in Connecticut includes one at Ridgefield Recreation Center in Ridgefield on Oct. 20. Details are available online.