The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) sponsors walks in virtually every state to help raise funds for type 1 diabetes cure research. The local chapter of the JDRF organization organizes each of the more than 200 walks nationwide. These fun events bring together thousands of people with type 1 diabetes, as well as their family, friends, classmates, and co-workers.

Since 1992, the JDRF Walk has raised more than $1 billion for diabetes research. The official Walk to Cure Diabetes website makes it easy to find your local walk. Once you’re registered, the site provides numerous tools to help you spread the word about your fund raising efforts.

This is a fun and easy way to get involved and feel connected to thousands of others who also know what discovering a cure for diabetes would truly mean.

Here are some key things to know about the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes:

• You can choose to walk as an individual or as part of a team.
• You can form your own team or join an existing team (all on the website).
• In the Participant Center, you can send emails to friends and track your fundraising progress.
• Team captains have additional tools to track progress and send out reminders to team members.
• Many volunteers help the events to run smoothly and safely.

The money raised from these events helps JDRF:
• Award research grants to the scientific community to encourage study in fields that will support type 1 diabetes scientists
• Fund clinical trials of life-changing type 1 diabetes therapies
• Partner with industry, academia, government, and other organizations to coordinate the global type 1 diabetes community's efforts
• Raise awareness of the incidence of type 1 diabetes and the millions of people affected by the disease
• Drive advocacy efforts to contact lawmakers and urge action on crucial legislation
• Work with regulators like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop responsible guidance on human trials and new therapies