Run or Walk in Support of JDRF Canada at the Barrie Waterfront Half Marathon
TORONTO (June 14, 2013) – On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the third annual Barrie Waterfront Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is taking place throughout the streets of Barrie and along scenic Lake Simcoe. New for 2013 is the partnership with JDRF, where runners and walkers can select to raise funds for programming in the Simcoe County Area. Thousands of runners and walkers are taking part, racing for personal bests or just having fun with fitness.
“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 Andrew McKee, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. “Patrick continues to demonstrate tremendous support, leadership and commitment to our organization and our mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is honoured to be one of the featured charities in this year’s event.”
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 focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all
people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion (U.S.) to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. For more information, please visit jdrf.ca.
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