Many are on a $200,000 Goal

More than 1,000 people headed out to John Stiff Park to walk for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

"I think it's important because then they;re helping, they're improving the lives of others."

About 1,500 people have the same goal, to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

"This is our reason for being here Abby.  She was diagnosed when she was19 months old which is about a year and a half ago."

"My son was diagnosed 5 years ago."

"My grandson, he's 17 now, when he was 2 he got diabetes."

Ronald Boyd says in 1999 after his grandson nearly lost his life to the disease, his daughter said dad, we need to do something.

That's when the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation came about in Amarillo

Well, local businesses, friends, families, schools, they wanted to do something also.

Vice President of the board of JDRF Sheryl Valentine says, "our kids are able to mingle in with the rest of the kids, go to school, do wahtever they want to do, but they still have special things they have to take care of.  They still have to stick their finger all the time.   They still have to wear insulin.  They still risk going to sleep at night and not  waking up.  There are a lot of things they can't do, and that's what we want to try to do, take that away."

She says a lot has changed since her son was diagnosed 5 years ago.

And it's all because of events like this to gain money for research, and one day find a cure.

Boyd says, "if enough money's there, we'll find one."

Valentine tells us "Walk in the Park 2.0" has tripled in size over the years.

In fact, JDRF was almost halfway to their goal before the walk even started.

Valentine says online donations were still coming in after walkers hit the pavement.

Boys says, "there are a lot of people who are affected,  people just don't know it, and everybody who's out here probably has a personal connection."

15,000 people in the west Texas area have Type 1 Diabetes.

The money earned will go toward them and their battle.

More than 200 walks are held every year in the US.

Since 1992, the JDRF walk to cure diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for research toward finding a cure.

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