Nearly 5,000 people came out to the Domain in North Austin Sunday morning for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Some were dressed in matching team T-shirts and others in Halloween costumes. All had their walking shoes on.
"Everybody is here to walk for a cure for diabetes. Everybody has that goal," said Robert Young whose daughter was diagnosed with type1 diabetes earlier this year. "She was in ICU for three days and she really crashed. She's been a real crusader for how she's handled it, but those are real scary moments," he says.
Moments like the ones at the walk are the great ones. Fox 7's Keri Bellacosa and Lauren Petrowski were the emcees for the events and got the chance to tell participants' personal stories. "This is our 16th annual walk to cure diabetes here in Austin," said JDRF Executive Director Vicki Aymond. "There are 250 such walks across the country."
The walk in Austin raised more than $650,000 to help those living with the disease look forward to longer, healthier lives, like 17-year-old Chris Fernandes. "It was really tough in the beginning. I play a lot of sports, but it hasn't held me down. I haven't led it define me," he told FOX 7.
Events like this one help those who have been recently diagnosed adjust to living with the disease. "It's fun because I'm glad they supported me," said Luke Edwards who walked the two miles with his family and friends.
This was the 16th annual JDRF Austin Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mark your calendars for next year! The walk will be on October 26, 2014.