Luke Hancock, who plays in the National Basketball Association for the Memphis Grizzlies, made his homecoming for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk in Roanoke, Virginia.

Hancock is a Roanoke native who wanted to show his love and support for those dealing with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

"Home is where the heart is. I try to come back to Roanoke every chance I get," Hancock told NBC New Affiliate WSLS 10. "It never seems like there's enough time. I got the call, the opportunity to come out for the walk. I jumped on it, got right on the plane, made my arrangements and got here."

He played for Hidden Valley High School and recently signed a contact with the Grizzlies. Minor League Baseball player Mikey O'Brien was also in attendance. Both players signed autographs and showed their support for the event.

About 1,200 people came out for the walk. Volunteers said they were expecting to raise about a half million dollars for Type 1 diabetes research.

If you want to become involved in the walks to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), visit their website.

To learn more about type 1 diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes: Symptoms
Type 1 Diabetes: Preparing for Your Appointment
Missed Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, a Fatal Mistake