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UNCW hosts JDRF walk for type 1 diabetes

Supporters cut ribbon at Wilmington's JDRF one walk (Source: WECT) Supporters cut ribbon at Wilmington's JDRF one walk (Source: WECT)

The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk was held on the UNCW campus Sunday afternoon.

The goal of the walk is to raise money to fund research in hopes of creating a world without type 1 diabetes and the millions affected by the devastating disease. 

People from all over Wilmington took part in the walk to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes and to raise funds for research.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. People with T1D do not produce insulin - a hormone essential to turning food into energy - in their pancreas. This means they must constantly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject insulin from a pump and carefully monitor their eating and activity every single day. 

McCall White, a nurse with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, said that the hospital knows the importance of the benefits of the JDRF organization.

“New Hanover does see the importance of JDRF and that organization and how beneficial it is to our patient population," McCall said. "We try to support JDRF in any way that we can and New Hanover Medical Center actually has 10 teens that will be walking this Sunday and one of those teams is our Nunnelee Clinic."

At the walk, supporters were sporting blue, white, purple and green-t-shirts along with holding signs to let those know affected by the disease that they are not alone. 

Kristy Gunther's daughter suffers from type 1 diabetes, and she said having the walk is one of the best ways people can learn about the disease.

"Its very important to have this walk to bring awareness and allow other that don't know about it as well to learn the signs and symptoms of type 1 so that they can possibly save someone's life," she said.

The Wilmington chapter of JDRF raised more than $172,000 for juvenile diabetes research, with an ultimate goal of more than $260,000. 

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