Co-Workers, Neighbors, and Families Form Teams to Raise Money to Fight Diabetes

The goal of the Walk is too inform and educate our communities about diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Sep 11, 2008

To keep pace with the growing number of Americans with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) invites communities nationwide to their brand new fundraising walk, Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. 

Step Out is a one-day walk that will be held in more than 200 cities this fall. With nearly 24 million Americans living with diabetes, ADA created Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes as an aggressive attack against the disease-and a cry of hope for those affected by it. Registration is open at

Step Out has more than 40,000 participants registered so far. Their goal is to have 100,000 people for 170 walks across the country.  Step Out's fundraising goal is $20 million dollars.

A Local Example in Walnut Creek: Residents Make Every Step Count 

This year, 1,000 area residents will come together on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Civic Park in Walnut Creek, California, to raise funds for Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.  Formerly known as America's Walk for Diabetes, Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is the fund-raising walk of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). All funds raised from Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes are used in support of the Association's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. 

"Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches us all," said Traci Curtis, Wells Fargo Community Banking President for the East Bay.  "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is such a wonderful way for friends and coworkers to come together and help raise money for a good cause.  The camaraderie and spirit that is enjoyed by participating in this event is priceless."

Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is an event for the whole family, for everyone who enjoys being part of a community, and for all those who want to join ADA's family and find an end to diabetes. Be a part of the cure-Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes-and start raising money today!  To register, volunteer, or find out more information, please visit or call 1-888-DIABETES.

The Facts for the Walnut Creek Event:

WHAT: The American Diabetes Association's signature fundraising event

DATE: Sunday, October 12, 2008

DISTANCE: San Jose:1.5 mile, 5K, or 10K routes (run or walk)

Walnut Creek: 5K walk

LOCATION: -Guadalupe River Park, Arena Green, San Jose (the park across from the HP Pavilion main entrance)

-Civic Park, Walnut Creek

REGISTER ONLINE: To register, please go to the Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes Web site at 

GOAL: To raise funds in support of the American Diabetes Association's mission:  To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes.  To inform and educate our community about diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

DESCRIPTION: Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is the ADA's signature fundraising event. It receives strong support from the business community, which comes together to provide sponsorships and corporate teams.  Participants register and recruit friends and coworkers to walk and raise money to support diabetes research, information, and advocacy.  The day of the event is a party to celebrate the participants' fundraising accomplishments, as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about the prevention and cure of diabetes and the work of the American Diabetes Association.

PARTICIPANTS: Over 3,000 participants are expected. 

TEAM PHOTO: There will be a Team Photo opportunity after the walk. It's a great way to showcase your philanthropic employees!

HEALTHY LIVING FAIR: As part of the event, the Healthy Living Fair is designed to educate our community about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle in preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes.  We will also strive to inform those living with diabetes and the general community about products and services that can help manage their disease and/or promote a healthy lifestyle.

QUESTIONS: Please contact  Jeri Vasquez at or 

(408) 241-1922 x7469 or Beth Hefner at or (510) 654-4499 x7461.

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Posted by seashore on 12 September 2008

The American Diabetes Association (ADA)insists on placing diabetics on high-carb, low-fat diets, which makes their diabetes worse, even though high levels of diabetes medication are dumped into the patients. Since these treatments rarely work, the ADA sets lax goals on blood glucose (7.0 % A1c, 180 mg/dl)to lull the diabetics into a false sense of security.

Will sending more money to the ADA really improve the health of diabetics?

Posted by Anonymous on 13 September 2008

I do believe the ADA needs the money to sustain the false beliefs in high carb diets. No cure mind you, just management. To cure diabetes would mean a massive reduction in the diabetes support/work force and pharmaceutical profit loss.
The profits made today from diabetes medicine are supporting the pharmaceutical industry more than that of other drugs.
To maintain a A1c of 6.5 requires that your average glucose level is approximately 154, which is out of the limits of controlled diabetes.
We are walking, talking, annuities for the pharmaceutical industry, we are the lottery winnings.
They are lowering glucose levels, which means more money, in the form of metformin and other associated drugs.
I went from an A1c of 10.8 to 5.4, dropped 2 drugs, and lost 46 lbs in 7 months. All blood work is now in the normal range.
I did this by giving up on the propaganda and listened to what worked for other people in a similar situation. Take care of yourself, ADA won't.

Posted by Anonymous on 14 September 2008

Surely ADA could have picked an event that was not already the flagship event of JDRF - ie 'the walk to cure diabetes'.

And calling it the 'walk to fight diabetes' seems a bit too similar to the JDRF name for their walk to be a coincidence?

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