The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The walk, which begins and ends in SIUE Parking Lot A, includes a 1.5-mile and a 3-mile route through the Botanical Gardens and will have a health and wellness fair, kids zone, food and entertainment.
There is no fee to participate, although donations are greatly appreciated for the association’s fall fund-raising event with a goal of $115,000. Donations can be made at www.diabetes.org/stepoutmetroeast, or by contacting Rawnie at Rberry@diabetes.org or (888) 342-2383 ext. 6829.
There are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes; many millions do not know they have it. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, non-traumatic lower limb amputation, kidney failure, and a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.
The American Diabetes Association provides education and information to those with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. The organization’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of all those effected.
The Simmons Firm is Presenting Sponsor Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Other major sponsors include ENCLAVE Capital Management, IMPACT Strategies, Alton Steel Inc., Pohlman USA Court Reporting, AdVantage News, WBGZ Radio, United Community Bank, Alton Memorial Hospital, William Boudoures and Ameren Illinois.