On Sunday 7th September, 2008 Glen Oak Park, Illinois, USA has witnessed a walk of more than 4,000 family members with a diabetic child at its center to celebrate its fourth annual Central Illinois Walk to Cure Diabetes.
The child is eight-year-old Scott Monroe. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was of age four and receives five to seven shots of insulin each day. From then he and his family are taking part in the walk each year with a hope that some day they will find a cure. With his family and friends other people near about 4,000 family members and friends were gathered in the walk.
The main goal of the walk is to make aware the nation about the epidemic and also to gather $342,000 each year for the cure to diabetes. To achieve the goal, most families send out letters to their friends and relatives, outlining what it’s like for their child to live with diabetes as well as why finding a cure is important. They also raise money by putting on bake sales, garage sales and even a drag show.
The walk co-chairwoman Heather Boore says that, this is a day where we get to rally around that kid in a hope of finding a potential cure for diabetes. In the past three years, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has raised more than $1 million for diabetes research. And this year also we will hit our goal. And for that citing Caterpillar’s Mossville Production Systems Division, has already helped them to gather the sum of $20,000, with match up to $5,000 contributed by the Division Vice President Jim Waters himself.
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