The American Diabetes Association’s East Tennessee office will host the annual Tri-Cities Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cumberland Square Park in downtown Bristol from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is free and anyone who raises $100 in donations receives an event shirt and can participate in day-of-event festivities.
The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a signature one-day fundraising walk, which benefits the American Diabetes Association. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Earlier this month, the Association announced Ashton Hambrick, 15, as the 2012 Youth Ambassador for the Tri-Cities Step Out Walk. He will be on hand this weekend at the fundraising event.
Ashton, a 10th grader at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, is an avid competitor in motocross events. “I look at my diabetes as a race that I win every single day. In my lifetime, I think we can find a cure for diabetes,” said Hambrick. “That’s why events like the Step Out Walk are so important. They help fund research, but also help teach people like me and my family how to better manage diabetes, so that even though it is a big disease, it is only a small part of my life and who I am.”
Day-of-event festivities include a Kids Korner, a Health and Wellness Area, a Strut Your Mutt Contest, contests, food and entertainment. The Association asks that everyone register online at diabetes.org/stepout by Thursday, Sept 27. At this event, there will be diabetes education as well as representatives from Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Walgreens and others.
Today, there are nearly 26 million Americans — including more than 20,000 in the Tri-Cities — who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. One in three children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime, so the search for prevention and a cure are more urgent than ever.