Members of the Ladybugs Crew were among the participants at Sunday’s Telus Walk for Juvenile Diabetes at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

Diabetes ‘zoo walk’ marks 10 years

Members of the Ladybugs Crew were among the participants at Sunday’s Telus Walk for Juvenile Diabetes at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

For the last 10 years Aldergrove’s Greater Vancouver Zoo has hosted the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. It is a 4-km walk around the zoo in support of ongoing efforts to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes is an annual celebration of the hope of one day living in a world free from insulin injections, finger pokes, and the constant threat of developing complications. It raises awareness of type 1 diabetes, and crucial funds for research into cures, treatments, drugs and therapies.

This year’s fundraising goal at the Fraser Valley Walk at the zoo was $380,000 and another $670,000 at the Vancouver City Walk. A total of $1.4 million was raised across B.C. last year.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Over 300,000 Canadians live with type 1 diabetes and is increasing by 3-5% annually, with the greatest risk is in children five to nine years of age.

For information on the commitment and efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit their website at: www.jdrf.ca

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