Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Alternative “Walks to Cure Diabetes” to be held on three U-M sites

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The annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ann Arbor-Dexter Walk to Cure Diabetes will start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Hudson Mills Metropark. And organizers are making it even easier for U-M personnel to participate: If you can’t make it to the walk, they’ll bring the walk to you.

From noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, alternative JDRF walks will take place on three campuses, just for U-M faculty, staff and students. Starting lines are at the Hospital Courtyard, the Central Campus Diag, or the North Campus Diag. Those who walk at lunch are encouraged to join one of the alternative JDRF walks instead.

Each of the routes is less than a mile long, although participants are welcome to walk the circuit more than once. Free bottled water will be given to walkers at each site — first-come, first-served. Links to maps and other Alternative Walk details are available at www.med.umich.edu/diabetes/JDRFWalk/JDRF2009Walk_altwalks.html.

No prior registration for the Alternative Walks is necessary, although participants are encouraged to sign up in advance at the U-M JDRF Walk Web site: www.med.umich.edu/diabetes/JDRFWalk/.

Anyone who registers as a walker and donates or raises a minimum of $25 for any one of the JDRF Walks is eligible to receive a limited-edition U-M Team JDRF Walk T-shirt, while supplies last. Donations can be made at any of the check-in tables or online at: walk.jdrf.org/.

“It’s a great pleasure to be working to make this year’s Walk a success and help walkers make a huge stride toward curing type 1 diabetes,” says Tony Denton, senior associate director and chief operating officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, who is this year’s UMHS chairman for the JDRF Walk. “Without the participation of our faculty, staff, and students, we could not raise the much-needed funds to find a cure for diabetes.”

Sunday’s traditional Ann Arbor-Dexter JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is a family-friendly event at Hudson Mills Metropark on North Territorial Road in Dexter. The walk takes place on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The walk route is 3.5 miles on paved, flat terrain featuring lagoons, wildlife, and the scenic Huron River. Strollers, wagons, and dogs on a leash are welcome. (Bikes and rollerblades are not allowed.)

For questions on the UM JDRF Walks, contact Michelle Eleby at meeleby@med.umich.edu or 734-647-5075.