Walk to Cure Diabetes returns to Kohler

by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff


THE 13TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kohler High School. — Review file photo by Jeff Pederson THE 13TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kohler High School. — Review file photo by Jeff Pederson The 14th annual Sheboygan County JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will return to Kohler with a few new wrinkles to spice things up Saturday, Oct. 4.

After being centered at Ebben Field across from Kohler High School last year, the home base for this year’s walk will be the Kohler High School gym and cafeteria areas.

“Most all of the activities will be centered out of the High School this year, so weather should not be such a factor with a later date,” JDRF Southeastern Wisconsin Outreach Manager Sandy Lange said. “Last year we had it two weeks earlier in September, so we never know what we will get. Who knows it’s Wisconsin, so it might be 65 degrees and beautiful.”

Registration is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Kohler High School gym.


THE 14TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kohler High School. This year most related activites will take part indoors in the Kohler High School gym. — Review file photo by Jeff Pederson THE 14TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, at Kohler High School. This year most related activites will take part indoors in the Kohler High School gym. — Review file photo by Jeff Pederson Breakfast will be served from 9-10 a.m., including bagels, fruit, juice and Starbucks coffee. In addition, Zumba warm-ups and cool-downs will take place in the gym area.

“It was confusing last year for attendees to travel from registration to the field, so there seemed to be a disconnect as per the walker surveys,” Lange said. “Another consideration this year is the construction on Ebben Field.”

Following the customary opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, the 2-mile walk is slated to start at 10 a.m.

Walkers will follow a new designated route through the surrounding neighborhoods and finishing at Kohler High School.

“Since we are not doing a run this year and not starting on the field, Police Chief William Rutten created a new route with right hand turns,” Lange said. “It starts in front of the high school to keep everyone together.”

Walkers are encouraged to form teams and collect donations to support JDRF. Walkers can register for the walk online at www2.jdrf.org

Lunch will be served following the walk from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Johnsonville Sausage will provide brats and wieners and snacks and beverages will be served courtesy of Watson’s Vending and Lakeside Bottling Co.

Seating will be available in the Kohler High School cafeteria, the hallway outside of the gym or the grassy area under tents adjacent to the school, weather permitting.

JDRF will also host children’s activities throughout the day, including bouncy houses, face painting from the John Michael Kohler Art Museum and a kids’ corner with games and crafts.

A number of vendors will also be on hand to distribute materials related to diabetes education, nutrition education and JDRF information.

Lange said all participants are encouraged to stay after the walk is completed to enjoy the various activities and food offerings.

“With all the activities and food, people are encouraged to hang out and have lunch and fun,” Lange said. “We want people to stay and network and just enjoy the day with us.

The Corporate Chair for this year’s event is Walgreens.

Corporate sponsors include: Sargento (gold), Nemak (gold), Acuity (silver), Johnsonville Sausage (silver), Plastics Engineering Co. (bronze), Vollrath Co. (bronze), American Orthodontics (checkpoint), Bemis Manufacturing Co. (checkpoint), Kohler Co. (checkpoint), Lakeside Bottling Co. (checkpoint), Masters Gallery Foods (checkpoint), Piggly Wiggly (checkpoint), Sigma-Aldrich (checkpoint), Animas (supporting) and Tandem Diabetes (supporting).

Media sponsor WQTC Q102, which will be broadcasting live and RC Music will provide D.J. services during the event.

Last year’s Sheboygan County Walk to Cure Diabetes, which also includes participants from Manitowoc and Fond du Lac counties, drew nearly 400 walkers and 59 teams, while raising $124,000.

“Our goal this year is to raise $137,000,” Lange said. “That is an ambitious goal, but I am optimistic that we can reach it.”

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes. Since it was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has raised $1.6 billion for type 1 diabetes research.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through research. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.

Although it helps type 1 diabetics maintain steady blood-sugar levels and live relatively normal lives, insulin is not a cure and it does not prevent potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

Since its inception, JDRF has provided more than $1.5 billion in direct funding to diabetes research, including $107 million last year.

For more information on the 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes, contact Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter Outreach Manager Sandy Lange at 920-803-8820 or e-mail slange@jdrf.org


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