Diabetes event set for Saturday

BETHANY – The area’s first Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K walk, sponsored by Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics and Bethany College’s Delta Tau Delta, will be held May 4 at the college track.

Registration will begin at 9:20 a.m. for the free event, which is being organized by Dr. Amy Jean, pediatric endocrinologist at the center for pediatrics; and Seth Myers, philanthropy chairman of Delta Tau Delta.

The event will start at 10 a.m. Prizes and awards will be presented to participants, and there will be diabetes information tables and after the walk, drinks, snacks and children’s games.

In addition, diabetic education tables will be set up to provide educational materials and information.

Registration is recommended by calling (304) 243-8849, or at the JDRF website at JDRF.org and clicking on Community Events.

Jean’s more than 100 patients, along with students from Wheeling Park High School, have been busy raising funds for the event, Gregg Warren, spokesman for the hospital.

It is part of the foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, an international effort that raised $86 million last year at more than 200 sites in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe in support of efforts to find a cure for Type I diabetes and provide better treatment.

“I am excited to sponsor this local event after the amazing turnout we had in March for our first diabetes support group meeting here at Wheeling Hospital,” said Jean. “This is another great opportunity for families to meet while also raising money to find the cure for this disease, which I strongly believe will occur during their lifetime. Secondly, this provides an excellent opportunity to encourage kids to come out and exercise and improve their glycemic control.”

Delta Tau Delta recently made the JDRF its national philanthropic association.

“I have heard some remarkable stories of families that have come a long way considering the drawbacks of this disease,” said Myers. “With this being the only walk in the valley, we’re providing a wonderful opportunity to the families who may not be able to attend similar events in Charleston or Pittsburgh.”