HSAA Family Walks to Cure diabetes

Photo (above): Brooklyn and Jeffrey Slingerland were among the walkers in Lethbridge who raised more than $12,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

On May 27, 2017, our family joined about 200 other walkers at Nicholas Sheran park in Lethbridge for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes. Our daughter Brooklyn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in November 2015, when she was eight years old. Since then we have been actively involved with JDRF, an organization that raises money and funds diabetes research.

This year, the participants in the Lethbridge walk raised more than $12,000! Brooklyn’s team set a goal of raising $2,500. Thanks in part to HSAA’s Social Justice Committee generously donating $100, Brooklyn’s team was able to exceed her fundraising goal by $295!

The money raised will be given to researchers in Canada and the U.S. to help “cure, prevent and treat” Type 1 diabetes. Several of these researchers are right here in Alberta.

Since its inception in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has funded more than $1.9 Billion U.S. in Type 1 diabetes research and clinical trials. There have been many exciting advances over the last couple of years and a lot of promising developments are in the clinical trial phase. For more information on JDRF and the great work it does, or to make a donation, visit www.jdrf.ca.