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Supporters in the South take steps for the cure

25 September 2012

This Sunday hundreds of people in the South will be taking steps to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Walk to Cure Diabetes South is taking place at Manor Farm Country Park, Southampton, with check in starting from 9.30am.

The 5km walk will take place along a beautiful woodland and riverside path, and there is also a shorter 2km walk that’s perfect for little legs and pushchairs. At the Walk village there will be all sorts of activities and entertainment, including face painting, bouncy castles, refreshments and stalls selling cakes and crafts. There will also be a fancy dress completion with prizes up for grabs for the best dressed adult, child and dog.

Sholing residents Chris and Sam O’Donnell will be taking part with sons Kian and Connor (pictured). Kian was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year at the age of four. The family knew the signs of type 1 diabetes all too well, as Chris’ sister Jodie was diagnosed 11 years ago, at the age of six.

Sam said:

‘As a family we have always taken part in Walk to Cure Diabetes in Southampton to support Jodie. We attended last year’s Walk as a family, completely unaware that our little boy Kian would be diagnosed with this chronic condition just a few weeks later. We are now more determined than ever to raise funds to find the cure.’

Nicole Gerrard, Senior Fundraiser for JDRF South, said:

‘Walk to Cure Diabetes South is always a fantastic event and 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.’

As well as the Walk in Southampton, people will be taking steps to find the cure for type 1 in the Midlands and London. Supporters in Scotland have already stepped out for the cure, raising £150,000 for the cure.

JDRF South will be accepting registrations for Walk to Cure Diabetes South right up until the Walk begins. Click here to register, or get in touch with JDRF South at south@jdrf.org.uk or on 0238 061 6622.

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