Thousands of people from across the Panhandle showed their support to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes Saturday as the Walk for the Cure kicked off at John Stiff Park.
It's the 13th annual year for the walk which helps raise needed funds for research and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and life changing treatments. This is the biggest fundraiser for the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Officials with it say they had well over 1,000 people pre-register for the walk and even more showed up the morning of it.
"Every dollar that is given to JDRF approximately 80 cents of that dollars goes to research. That research happens here in Amarillo, it happens in Dallas, it happens in Israel. It happens where ever the research is going on that we need to fund to get people to have less invasive treatments," said JDRF Branch Manager, Kristy Wilkerson.
Wilkerson said they won't know how much money was raised from the event for several more weeks because fundraising efforts still continue.
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate for Type 1 diabetes research worldwide. It has provided $1.7 billion in direct funding to diabetes research. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF's mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and it's complications through the support of research.
There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. There is no pill. Those with Type 1 diabetes must test six to eight times a day with needle sticks and injections four to six times daily. These task have no regard for lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, or age.