Chris Radford

Fight juvenile diabetes with fun, outdoor event

April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 […]

Third annual outing will be fun, benefit many

April 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Poker Walk/Run/Ride at Cannon Township Trail offers exercise, auction, prizes The first 50 families to sign up will receive family “fun packs” with plenty of goodies in them. Everyone who signs up will enjoy a day of exercise on the beautiful Cannon Townshsip Trail, auction items, at least one fun mascot kids will adore, prizes, and take part in finding a cure for a disease that is increasing in our society. The third annual Poker Walk/Run/Ride takes place Saturday, April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grand prize this year is a $440 bicycle. Other prizes and auction items include a $100 gift certificate to Reds on the River to the second-place winner and $50 and $25 gift certificates, gift baskets, food certificates, apparel and more. The event has become a popular day’s outing with families enjoying the activities and some throwing down blankets for a picnic on the grass. All proceeds go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through Ride for a Cure. Chris Radford, event organizer, knows about the terrible effects of juvenile diabetes first-hand. His son Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 11 years old. Today it is estimated that one of every three children born after the year 2000 will have the disease. For Scott and his family, diagnosis changed their lives. Scott has had to learn to test his blood throughout the day and has an insulin pump installed on his body. Although he is an energetic college student today, he may still face devastating side effects from the disease, including kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart attack and stroke. “For those who are diagnosed with this, they have it for life. We have to find a cure,” said Chris. The disease has become one of the three most common in the United States. The Radfords have taken on the cause of Ride for a Cure as their way to fight back against juvenile diabetes and contribute toward a cure so other children will not face what Scott faces. Chris and Scott took part in a national bike ride two years ago and will go again—this year on a ride through Death Valley. Each participant must contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the […]

‘Everybody left with something’

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Chris Radford is grateful he is able to experience a father-and-son event, thanks to his son Scott’s current ability to control his Type 1 diabetes. Chris hopes to help others enjoy the annual  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 100-mile bike ride as well as help fund a cure for diabetes. The younger Radford was diagnosed with the most severe version of the disease as a young boy. Today he controls it with an insulin pump, but will continue to face possible life-threatening effects. Seeing the devastating effects of diabetes made Chris determined to do his part to find a cure. Last year he organized the first annual Family Fun Day Poker Walk/Run/Ride on the new Cannon Township Trail, starting at Cannon Township Hall, 6878 Belding Road. Participants travel the trail their preferred way, walking, running or biking, and pick up poker cards at stations. Those with the best hands win. “Everybody left with something,” said Radford of the first annual event. This year there are even more reasons to play-donations to date top $5,000 worth in prizes. The cost for a hand of poker is a minimum donation of $25, but the prizes are great. Grand prize is a $400 Giant Sedona bike from Village Bike and Fitness with a first prize of $100 to The Runnery. Many merchants have donated prizes, and the first 100 participants to sign up get a family pack with goodies. Last year about 50 people turned out to the spring event, and $1,500 was raised for the JDRF.  This year, with over $5,000 in prizes to give away, Radford is hopeful of an even better turnout. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, rain or shine. “We were looking at the calendar to find out what weekends don’t have events in Rockford,”  he said. “After May, forget it.” Radford and his son raised the required $4,000 each to participate in Ride to Cure Diabetes. Spending time together on the 100-mile ride through either Death Valley or Killington, Vermont, is a wonderful experience. Other participants have also been touched by the disease, which affects over three million people with 40 new children diagnosed in the country each day. “Four thousand dollars is a lot […]