JDRF Supporters Gear Up for the Barrie Waterfront Half Marathon
TORONTO (May 29, 2014) – On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the fourth annual Barrie Waterfront Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is taking place throughout the streets of Barrie and along scenic Lake Simcoe. JDRF is once again honoured to be one of the six featured charities in this year’s event.
Last year, over 1,400 participants ran for miles along the lakeshore path and raised over $50,000 for local charities, including more than $10,000 for JDRF’s Barrie chapter. This year, runners and walkers can one again select JDRF as their charity of choice and raise vital funds in support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
“On behalf of JDRF Canada, a special thank you to Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, Ontario and Chair of the All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus,” said Dave Prowten, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. “JDRF is extremely grateful to Patrick for his continuous support and commitment to our organization and we extend our gratitude to the organizing committee for making this event possible. The funds raised at this event will allow us to continue to bring the latest breakthroughs in T1D research to every person affected by this disease.”
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
Affecting over 300,000 Canadians, T1D can occur at any age, leaving children and adults dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life. The number of people living with T1D is increasing by three to five percent annually - the greatest rise being in children aged five to nine years.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit jdrf.ca.
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National Government Relations Specialist