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Midlands families explain why they are walking for the cure

26 September 2012

Hundreds of families and friends will be stepping out at Walk to Cure Diabetes Midlands this Sunday to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

This year's Walk is being held at Drayton Manor Theme Park on Sunday 30 September, with registration opening at 9.45am. There will be a 5km walk and a shorter walk that’s perfect for little legs and pushchairs, along with other activities like face painting and balloon modelling. The £5 registration fee even includes free entry into the theme park after the Walk.

Tamworth residents Lisa and Nick Warren-Brownhill will be taking part, along with their four year old daughter Jaici, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June 2011.

Lisa told us:

‘When Jaici was diagnosed our lives were turned upside down. Every day is an uphill battle to try and keep her blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Bad control will lead to many complications later in life. It has been very hard coming to terms with the fact our daughter now has a life threatening condition and we hope a cure will be found in the near future.’

Carly and Paul Wheeler from Derby will be bringing along their three year old son Finlay (Finn). Finn was diagnosed in April 2012 with type 1 diabetes.

Carly said:

‘We were devastated to learn Finn had type 1 diabetes and as parents, find the day to day management quite stressful and naturally worry about his future too. Type 1 is not understood by the majority of people. People with no experience of the condition don't have any appreciation of the constant balancing act of insulin, food and exercise that has to be managed 24 hours a day, forever. That is the main reason why so many of our close friends have agreed to walk with us. They have seen how type 1 has changed all of our lives and we are really looking forward to the walk.’

Whatever your reason for joining JDRF at Walk to Cure Diabetes Midlands, we can't wait to welcome you to the Walk village. Hannah Gripton, Midlands Fundraiser for JDRF, said:

'Our Walk to Cure Diabetes is always a fantastic event. We aim to make the day as inclusive as possible. Please invite your friends, family and colleagues to come along and help make the 2012 event a resounding success, to support our research into the cure for type 1 diabetes. A huge thank you to everyone who is taking part in walk and the Tamworth Volunteer Centre from providing volunteers on the day.'

There is still time for register for Walk to Cure Diabetes Midlands – just click here or contact JDRF Midlands at midlands@jdrf.org.uk or on 0121 685 7102.

Walk to Cure Diabetes South is also taking place on 30 September, and Walk to Cure Diabetes London will take place on 7 October. Click on the link to register for these events - we would love to see you there.

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