JDRF One Walk for Type 1 Diabetes cure at Haymarket Park

Each year.. JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country, hoping to change the future for everyone living with type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that doesn’t allow the body to produce enough insulin.

“It’s a lack of insulin in your body because your pancreas does not produce it, so you have to manually do it yourself,” Type 1 Diabetic, Riley Kinnan said. 

Though type 1 is a relatively rare condition, there is a community that surrounds those who are affected by it.

“There’s about 1.25 million Americans with type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately that number is on the rise. Today we have about 100 walk teams and that’s a combination of family and corporate teams who come out to support,” Executive Dir. of JDRF, Laci Naber said. 

“Really, we’re here in support of her and all the type 1 diabetics not only in Lincoln, but across southeast Nebraska area,” Riley’s father, Bryan Kinnan said.

Riley was diagnosed in 2012. She and her family have been doing one walk for 8 years. They came to the Haymarket to support the drive in the research for the cure to type 1 diabetes. Her condition brings her family together because they all have important roles to fill when helping Riley out.

“It’s just helping her manage the carbs she’s taking in and how much insulin we need to give in response to those carbs,” Bryan said.

The crowd of 3,000 walked for the cure around 2 this afternoon, showing the community that those diagnosed are not alone.

“Often times, there can be one or two people in a school that have type 1 and they don’t have that community support every day, so they can come out here and they can see a sea of 3,000 people that are here to support them to find a cure for a disease that they have,” Naber said. 

“You get to know more people that are going through the same thing and you have to know that you’re not alone and it kind of just feels more like a family,” Riley said.

Today’s One Walk hoped to raise $270,000 in funding for the cure.

JDRF will know the total amount by the end of the month. 

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