What better excuse for a mini-weekend getaway than to go to a JDRF One Walk to support Type 1 Diabetes research? The JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) raises millions of dollars every year to fund research for a cure. It was founded in 1970 by parents whose children have Type 1 Diabetes, since then they have contributed $2.1 billion to research.
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In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), there are 3 chapters that you can get involved in with one in Portland and two in Seattle. Personally, I am apart of the Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter, and they hold 3 annual JDRF One Walks in Bend, Corvalis, and Portland. There are plenty of other walks going on year round. Check out the chapter near you!
JDRF One Walk – Bend
This year’s Bend One Walk was in Drake Park. I have never been to Bend before, so driving from Salem to Bend revealed some amazing landscape changes! What are your favorite road trip routes? Approximately 400 people attended the Bend One Walk this year, raising $32,272 towards diabetes research! I always visit the vendor tables at every walk to check out what’s new in the community.
There were about about 8 vendors at the Bend One Walk. Have you heard of Afrezza? It’s an inhalable insulin that anyone with diabetes can take. How neat is that? A table for the Omnipod was there highlighting new insurance initiatives to help more people access this great cordless insulin pump. Some other vendors included JDRF Advocate and Children’s Congress, JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, and the T1D Buddy Camp.
My loving fiance went with me to this event. We had a blast exploring Bend and walking the 5K with other people motivated to find a cure for diabetes. Currently I am diabetic and pregnant, so I am not having your average pregnancy. Follow along on my journey, and I would love to hear your advice! Comment below!
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Until next time, cheerio!
P.S. Cheerio is a friendly way of saying goodbye in Merry Old England. Currently, there is research going on at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom for developing a needle-less patch that can measure and monitor blood sugar levels. I want to say that science is incredible!