It can be tough to pry kids off the couch in autumn, when a chill has crept back into the air outside. But what if you told them that just going out for a walk could put them in touch with hundreds of other children just like them — and possibly help lead to an end to all the finger-sticks and needle-pokes of type 1 diabetes … forever?

A walk with the JDRF is a step in that direction. The organization’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes is a charity walk held in locations all around the world that raises funds to help improve the lives of millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes. Participants walk alone or in teams to raise money for JDRF; since 1992, they’ve raised more than $1 billion for type 1 diabetes research.

“The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is an incredibly special event in communities across the nation each year,” said Marisa Hull, JDRF’s director of the event. “Collectively, the JDRF walk participants provide a huge source of fundraising that supports needed research aimed at progressively reducing — and eventually eliminating — the burden of type 1 diabetes. The high-spirited atmosphere of these walks reinforces a sense of togetherness, that no one is alone in the fight against this disease, which affects nearly three million Americans and their families.”

More than 200 walks are held every year in the United States, and dozens more take place internationally. More than 900,000 people participate each year.

Cara Giannini recently participated in a JDRF walk to support her 10-year-old son Milo who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes several years ago. She says, “Team Milo raised over $7,000 at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It was so fun and empowering to walk with friends and family, and our team had matching red T-shirts made up. Milo had an amazing time walking with his friends for such a great cause.”

Participating in a JDRF walk is an easy way to become part of the global movement to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes. The JDRF site even provides fundraising tips and tools, such as the online Participant Center that helps walkers ask family and friends for their support.

Ready to stretch your legs for a good cause? Click here to find a walk near you this fall.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.


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