Senior Services Plus Executive Director John Becker accepts a certificate of recognition from Diabetes Association representative Rawnie Berry.
The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, presented by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm, Oct. 4 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was attended by residents, students and businesses from nearly every county of the Metro East.
Sponsors, donors and walkers raised $117,054, making the walk one of the most successful in the nation in terms of exceeding fundraising and participant objectives established by the American Diabetes Association.
“We thank Senior Services Plus for gracious support of the Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes,” American Diabetes Association Manager Rawnie Berry said. “Over the last several years they have helped bring awareness to the walk and to those who participate in it by including the personal stories of participants in their newsletter. And this year, we are thrilled to feature Roger Brainerd, a long-standing member of the SSP volunteer staff, as our 2015 Red Stride Ambassador. He attributes his success in reaching his weight and fitness goals due, greatly, to the support he has received from the SSP staff.”
“Myself and the staff of SSP are proud to support the ADA and its fight against diabetes,” Senior Services Plus Executive Director Jonathon Becker said. “Our participation in the Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a logical extension of our exercise and wellness initiatives. The support we provide is our way of assisting in the prevention and cure of diabetes for not only our SSP members and their families, but the community we serve.”
More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic lower limb amputation, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S.
More people die each year from the complications of diabetes than from AIDS and breast cancer combined.
To volunteer, make a donation, or sponsor the 2015 Metro East Step Walk to Stop Diabetes Saturday, Sept. 19, at SIUE, call (888) 342-2383 ext. 6829.