PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Walk to Cure Diabetes

With Every Step, Hope to Cure T1D JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Leadbetter Beach Oct. 11
1,500 Walkers Expected for Event to Raise Money to Improve Lives and Health of Millions affected by type 1 diabetes

WHAT: A crowd of some 1,500 walkers from the Santa Barbara and surrounding areas will gather at Leadbetter Beach for the Walk to Cure Diabetes hosted by JDRF’s Central Coast Council. The walk is one of the chapter’s biggest events of the year and part of a national effort that is expected to raise $85 million for JDRF. The Santa Barbara Walk aims to raise over $140,000 for T1D research.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 11 9 am Check in 10 am Walk Begins

WHERE: Leadbetter Beach

TALENT: John Palminteri, KEYT, Emcee Jenny Schatzle, Personal Trainer & Life Motivator, Grand Marshall

SPONSORS: Special thanks to Diamond Sponsor Johnson Family Dental, Platinum Sponsor Sigma Phi Epsilon, Silver Sponsor Wells Fargo, Bronze Sponsor Santa Barbara Signs & Graphics, and Vendor Booth Sponsors: Animas, Asante, Baby Boot Camp, Boathouse, Casa Blanca, Dexcom, Fresco Café, LifeScan, Santa Barbara Magician Mark Collier, Mini Pharmacy, Mission Linen Supply, Omnipod, Roche, Santa Barbara Fishhouse, Santa Barbara Shellfish Co., Tandem, The Berry Man, UCSB Adventure Programs, and Raindance Partners.

About JDRF Central Coast Council
As a part of JDRF’s Los Angeles Chapter, the Central Coast Council is a volunteer-driven group serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties supported by the JDRF Central Coast Development Manager. The council was developed in 2009 by parents of children with T1D and adults with T1D in response to the need for a local support community and a working group in the immediate area. The Council hosts numerous local events throughout the year including a Walk to Cure Diabetes in Santa Barbara, Research Updates, and more.

About JDRF
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure T1D. 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, JDRF has awarded more than $1.8 billion to type 1 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. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For more information, please visit

About T1D
In T1D, a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. People with T1D need to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin (with injections or an insulin pump) multiple times every day, and carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, and even with that intensive care, a significant portion of the day is still spent with either high or low blood sugar, placing people with T1D at risk for devastating complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. There are approximately 3 million Americans living with T1D, and more than 30,000 children and adults are diagnosed every year. In the Central Coast, T1D affects approximately 14,000 individuals.

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