PLATTSBURGH A bright, sunny autumn day beckoned walkers as they began the second annual 5K Walk to Cure Diabetes, meandering along the lakefront path by the U.S. Oval.
This years walk which was quite the contrast to the rainy, windy weather of the 2006 walk was initiated by a bagpiper who began the walk playing traditional music to get participants started.
A large number of participants came in groups with their teams or local affiliations, including the Plattsburgh State Mens and Womens Cardinal soccer teams and Villaris Martial Arts Studio, who were both well-represented. Martial Arts students provided a demonstration of their skills for the walkers, prior to the start of the 5K.
Volunteers organized, prepared and ran the entire day, led by Sara Bordeleau of Worlco Management Services. Ms. Bordeleau started the walkers off by telling them a quote she once heard, You never know which dollar will find the cure.
The walk was very successful as well, raising $25,000 to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, according to T.J. Roode, branch manager for the foundations Greater Adirondack Region branch. He also stated the preliminary counts on walkers had the number at about 220 participants.
After the walk, hot dogs, chips and drinks were served for everyone as a disc jockey played music in the background. Upon registering for the walk, everyone also received a ticket for a Schwans Ice Cream direct from the truck, as Schwans was one of the many sponsors rounded up for the event.
According to the JDRF, diabetes kills one American every three minutes. Out of the 18.2 million Americans who have the disease, about one-third are undiagnosed. With a new case of diabetes being diagnosed almost every 30 seconds, the impact of the disease is increasing. The JDRF is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.