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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 […]