More than 200 runners traversed the El Dorado County foothills during the third annual Coloma River Run benefitting the Northern California Inland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) — a global organization that efficiently networks volunteers and staff to generate over $1.7 billion for type 1 diabetes research.
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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to absorb energy from food. The disease affects approximately 3 million Americans and is diagnosed to almost 80 Americans per day.
JDRF Norcal board member Roger Leasure developed the 5k, 10k and 10 mile trail race event as an innovative way to ensure income during the recession. This year, a combination of entry fees, event sponsors and supporters produced more than $20,000.
“The advancements in research are accelerating faster than our funding, so we need to think outside of the box, while raising funds and awareness,” Leasure said. “This 24/7 disease never takes a break and neither can we.”
Along with event sponsors, JDRF partners with community organizations and leaders, like the American River Conservancy and the El Dorado County Office of Education, to make events like this successful.
“Many of our students and their families are impacted by this inescapable disease,” said El Dorado County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “I am grateful for the services and resources made available to our community through JDRF, and we will continue to support them every step of the way to a cure.”
For more information regarding JDRF, future events or to become involved visit norcal.jdrf.org/.