By Lian Mlodzienski
On Sunday, April 26, the fifth Pocono Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held. Although this will only be the fifth time that the event has taken place in the Poconos, there have been similar events held around the county for over 20 years.
Registration will begin at 12:00 PM and the walk will begin at 1:00 PM. This walk will begin and end at the stadium of Stroudsburg High School. The high school is located on West Main Street in Stroudsburg, about 10 minutes away from East Stroudsburg University.
The route for the walk will travel from the high school property down the north side of Main Street to Fifth Street. Then participants will walk across Main Street and return to Stroudsburg High School via the south side of Main Street.
The Pocono Walk to Cure Diabetes is run by local volunteers. These people are passionate about raising awareness and research money for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
T1D is an autoimmune disease. People who are diagnosed do not have the ability to produce insulin, which is usually produced in the pancreas.
Insulin is a hormone that plays a key role in turning food into energy. It tells cells to allow glucose in.
Usually, as the pancreas produces insulin, it travels through the bloodstream and from there into cells. The cells then accept glucose from the blood stream and as the amount of sugar in the blood stream changes, the pancreas regulates the amount of insulin released.
Insulin also helps the body store energy. Not all of the glucose and sugars consumed are used at once. Insulin helps pack glucose into larger packages called glycogen. This is stored in liver and muscle cells.
A third job that insulin carries out is helping the body to store fat and protein.
Type 1 Diabetes, this insulin effecting disease, can affect both children and adults at any time. It is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
People who suffer from T1D need to count carbohydrate intake constantly, test their bloodglucose level daily, and have a lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
Tom Schoeller, one of the volunteers, has become involved because his daughter was diagnosed with T1D. She was diagnosed 12 years ago at the age of 5. He said, “I have seen first-hand, the stress and trouble it can cause.”
This year, he has great expectations for The Walk. He commented, “Our fundraising goal for this year is $31,950.” Currently, they are 68 percent of the way to that goal. Schoeller believes that it is possible for the fundraising to exceed their goal by more than 10 percent.
Since the walk started, more and more money has been raised each year. After this year’s walk, the aggregate amount of money raised should eclipse $100,000.
Walk is the primary local fundraiser for the year. The annual Zumbation will take place April 11. There will also be a Pub Tour for a Cure on April 18. Proceeds from the Zumbathon and the Pub Tour will add to the funding for The Walk.
Find out more by checking out walk.jdrf.org.
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