September 7, 2001

Vanderbilt to walk for diabetes

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Vanderbilt will participate again this year in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Centennial Park.

Vanderbilt’s goal this year is to raise at least $30,000, doubling what was raised last year. Jan Botts and Donna Tate of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism are this year’s Team Vanderbilt co-captains and are seeking participants to join Vanderbilt’s team.

“We will all walk for the greater Team Vanderbilt, but to make it fun and exciting, we are wanting to have different teams within Vanderbilt to compete against each other for prizes,” Tate said. “We want this to be a campus-wide event and for everyone to be involved.”

With Vanderbilt’s support, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will continue its mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Team leaders are needed to recruit teams of at least 10 walkers. Walkers may be co-workers, family, and friends. Leaders will be responsible for recruiting walkers and motivating them to raise monies, registering their walkers, collecting monies and turning it in prior to walk day and distributing prizes to walkers.

Participants who raise $25 or more will receive a Team Vanderbilt T-Shirt.

Approximately 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes, costing Americans $105 billion a year in health care costs. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and amputation and it kills one American every three minutes.

To sign up for the walk, contact Jan Botts at 936-1649 or Donna Tate at 936-1824.