I've worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in the past and they've always been great stewards for their communities. Diabetes is a scary disease. Whether it's Type 1 or 2, it can be a killer.

My friend David sent me the following asking on his son's behalf for us to help get the word out. My pleasure!!!

As some of you may already know, my youngest son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes last year. While he is doing very well with it, this will be something he has to deal with for the rest of his life. Since his diagnosis, I have personally experienced the wonderful folks at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). I was so impressed with the work they do with Type I patients and their families that I readily agreed to join their board here in northwest Louisiana to help in any way that I can.
Today, I am writing you to ask for your help. On Sept. 14, the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at Party Central in Bossier. This walk will raise approximately $90,000. However, with your help, it can raise much more than that. If you would consider promoting this event in any way you can, I would personally appreciate it. We need to raise awareness before the event in order to encourage walk teams to participate. We also need event coverage to bring a continued awareness to Type 1 Diabetes.
This is the press release that David sent out. Please help if you can!

North Louisiana is Walking to Cure Diabetes


-More than 600 Walkers Expected to Raise $90,000.00 for JDRF

BOSSIER CITY —  More than 600 walkers and runners representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to participate in the annual Craig Floyd Memorial Walk to Cure Diabetes, on September 14, 2013 at Party City in Bossier City, La.  The Louisiana Chapter of JDRF has set a fundraising goal of more than $90,000.00, which will fund research toward preventing, better treating, and curing type 1 diabetes (TID) and its complications.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes entertainment, space walks, face-painting and great food. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Party City in Bossier City.  The Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin at 9:00 a.m.  There is no registration fee for the Walk to Cure Diabetes; however, walkers are encouraged to fundraise for the event.  All walkers who raise $100.00 receive a tee-shirt.

“JDRF is truly grateful for the support of the North Louisiana Community,” said Abby Hamilton, Executive Director of the Louisiana Chapter of JDRF.  ‘Type 1 Diabetes is a disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans, and it is through the help and dedication of our supporters that JDRF is able to fund the research to develop better treatments and one day a cure for those people and their families.”

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research.   The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all persons affected by TID by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing TID.   More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide.  Nearly 900,000 people nationally walked last year and raised $86 million for research towards curing, preventing, and treating TID and its complications.

For more information about the 2013 JDRF Craig Floyd Memorial Walk to Cure Diabetes, please call 866-932-9511, e-mail clato@jdrf.org, or visit walk.jdrf.org.