(From left) Senior Service Plus Executive Director Jonathan Becker, Lucas Hale and Rawnie Berry of the American Diabetes Association.
Thanks to the sponsorship support of Senior Services Plus and fundraising efforts by staff and members, this year’s Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes raised more than $153,000, topping last year’s record amount raised for the event.
The result placed it among the most successful walks in the nation to surpass the fundraising goal set by the association.
Jonathan Becker, Theresa Collins, Brent Wingerter, Lucas Hale and Roger Brainerd recently were recognized for their contributions to the walk’s success.
“In addition to promoting the walk, this year Senior Services Plus accepted the responsibility to lead and build Team Red Metro East — made up of people living with diabetes and those who support them,” said Rawnie Berry of the American Diabetes Association. “The result was the largest Team Red in our history.”
“Myself and the staff of SSP are proud to support the ADA and its fight against diabetes,” Senior Service Plus Executive Director Jonathan 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.”
There are more than 29 million Americans who live with diabetes. 8.1 million people are unaware they have the disease. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.