Fight juvenile diabetes with fun, outdoor event

Poker walk/run a family activity with prizes, information

The public is invited to the fourth annual Poker Walk/Run/Ride at Cannon Township Hall this Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with plenty of prizes, including the grand prize of a $440 bike from Village Bike and Fitness, and the ultimate goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Chris and Julie Radford organize the event. The couple have been passionate about finding a cure for the disease since their son Scott was diagnosed at the age of 11. Now a college student, Scott manages his diabetes with an insulin pump—technology that was not available when he was younger. According to Chris, research has been coming up with new ways to manage the disease, which affects more and more of our nation’s children every year.

“I’m excited about doing this again,” Radford said of the Family Fun Day. The public is invited to take part in the walk/ride/run along Cannon Township Trail, which runs through beautiful scenery between the township hall and Townsend Park. Participants sign up for a minimum $25 donation and then hit the trail. Stations set up along the way provide playing cards and, at the end of the event, those with the best poker hands win. This year the Radfords have a goal of raising $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Also at the event will be many representatives from the medical industry to provide information about the disease, fun for the whole family and plenty of prizes.

The Family Fun Day is Chris’ idea to raise money for five members of his family to take part in a 100-mile bicycle ride, this year through Death Valley. The rides, which take place all over the country, are part of the JDRF’s campaign to fight juvenile diabetes. Each participant must donate $2,000 to participate and all funds go to the JDRF to find a cure. Last year the West Michigan chapter of the ride team—about 50 people—raised a half a million dollars.

“This year I really want to promote the walking and exercise aspect of the event,” said Radford.

He said the fun day this year will have even more giveaways and prizes for participants, ensuring no one goes home empty handed. The first 50 people to sign up receive family fun packs. All who sign up will receive a JDRF t-shirt. To find out more, visit












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