By Al Novack
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of people from all over the area turned out Sunday for the 43rd annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
The day’s events began and ended at the steps of the Art Museum, first with the 5K Run, followed by the Family Fun Walk.
Among those taking part was Joanne Rich of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, who is very active in the the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
“I have a diabetic son and a diabetic husband,” Rich said. “A cure means everything to me. Not only for my family, but for all diabetics.”
Dawn from Logan also took part.
“My mom has had diabetes ever since she was 13-years-old,” she said. “(The hope is) that they’ll raise a lot of funds to help cure juvenile diabetes.”
Dawn’s friend, Marrietta Sanders, felt a need to help raise money for diabetes research, as well.
“My father was a diabetic,” Sanders said. “As a result, he passed away from his.”
In addition to the walk and run, numerous health agencies and local hospitals set up tents and distributed free diabetes information. All of the money raised stays in the Delaware Valley and is used for research and education.
Last year, over $1.9 million was raised. This year’s goal was to exceed $2 million.