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JDRF Walk preps hit a snag when national office loses power

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people in the northeast, but it also affected a local group dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes.

Preparation for their biggest fundraiser of the year has slowed down because of Sandy.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteers spent the day Thursday hoisting boxes of supplies onto trucks.

The trucks will then be driven to Tempe Town Lake for the 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes. The walk is set to happen this Saturday.

Preparation was well underway until Mother Nature decided to strike, thousands of miles away on the east coast.

"Hurricane Sandy impacted the east coast so heavily, and the national JDRF offices are located in the southern part of Manhattan that is without power," says Cindy Adams, JDRF Executive Director.

Adams says the Phoenix chapter does not have access to their contact lists for walkers and volunteers. They don't have phone numbers or emails either.

The outline for the event -- which tells workers how to accommodate the 20,000 people expected to be there -- are also unattainable.

"The backups for all that are in DC, in a building that is also without power."

Adams was worried this hitch would prevent the Phoenix chapter from getting out the word, so they just created a new phone number.

They were forced to re-create signs and banners for the event at the last minute.

Thursday, volunteers persevere. They loaded boxes of supplies onto dollies and wheeled them down to the trucks. They are racing the clock to make sure the biggest fundraiser happens this Saturday morning.

"Our goal is 1.2 million in this walk. We're expecting over twenty thousand people so we've got a lot to do," says Adams.

For more info on the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Tempe, visit http://JDRFDSW.org or call 480-778-6137.

FOX 10 morning anchor Ron Hoon will be there. Join his team or donate here.

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