More than 300 thousand Canadians live with Type 1 Diabetes, but Prince George locals kept on walking Sunday to raise funds and awareness at the JDRF Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes.
About 200 people turned up for the walk which raised nearly $13,000 on Sunday’s event alone, with more donations still coming in to support the cause.
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin – the hormone enabling people to get energy from food. While it’s causes are not yet understood, scientists believe genetic factors and environmental triggers may be involved. Northern Director for the Northern Juvenile Diabetes Walk, Katie Francis, says it’s a growing epidemic. “Year over year we see more and more of an increase, it used to be something that was never heard of and now it’s something that’s normal,” she said. “Our end goal is to make sure Type 1 becomes Type ‘none.’