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BEMUS POINT – Hundreds are expected to fill the streets of downtown Bemus Point on Saturday with one goal in mind: to find a cure for Type One Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts these walks at locations throughout the country to raise money for research to find a cure for the disease, which currently has no cure.
As a mother of a child with the disease, Lori Cornell explains the JDRF One Walk is a chance to show the world that together, type 1 diabetes can be conquered.
“All the 1.6 million kids and adults with Type 1 Diabetes across the United States have to work so hard just to stay alive,” said Cornell.
Participating in the walk, Cornell says, will help power more research, enable more advocacy and fund more support for the 1.6 million Americans now living with the disease.
“It’s all about the health and happiness of your kids,” said Cornell.
Traci Thompson, another mother of a type one diabatic, agrees.
“It just brings me hope as a parent that maybe at some point, you know, it’s not going to be something that any of us need to worry about,” said Thompson.
Thompson explains that participating in her first, One Walk, brought her great joy.
“I remember my first JDRF walk. I was in tears for the mere fact that, oh my gosh, it’s not me by myself, and that’s the biggest thing,” said Thompson.
The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a walk through downtown from the Bemus Point Golf Course on Main Street.
“People just coming together just brings you hope; it brings you appreciation,” said Thompson.
All of the donations from the JDRF Walks go towards research. Those interested in joining the walk or making a donation can contact Lori Cornell at (716) 720-1845.
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