Join the University of Michigan in an event to support finding a cure for diabetes

As a pediatric endocrinologist, I am all too familiar with the impact diabetes can have on children and families. I have long been a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation because of their unwavering commitment to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes – a disease which strikes both children and adults suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications, including kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack and stroke. The need for insulin will not decrease over time.  The only remedy is a cure.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, at Hudson Mills Metro Park in Dexter, MI, the University of Michigan will join hundreds of corporations from across Southeastern Michigan to participate in the 2012 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year, our Health System is serving as a Gold-level Sponsor of the Walk and I am honored to be the Corporate Chair. I am inviting you to participate in this fun, family-oriented event as a great way to support JDRF, the U-M and our community. Also, it is a great way to get outside and get MHealthy!

Getting involved is easy. Here’s how:

Step 1: Make the commitment to form or join an existing team (Note: You can form a team within your department or school, and register under the “University of Michigan” team umbrella.)

Step 2: Designate a Team Captain.

Step 3: Register online at

Step 4: Recruit faculty, staff, students, family and friends to join as walkers on your team. Team members aren’t required to be affiliated with the University.

Step 5: Raise funds to help fuel the fight against diabetes. All proceeds from the event will support research vital to finding a cure for diabetes.

I hope that you will be part of this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. Please feel free to contact our Company Captain, Michelle Eleby ( for more information, or visit the event website. Learn more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its mission to create a world without diabetes here.

Thanks for your support!

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