SOURCE: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

October 10, 2008 19:46 ET

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Announces 28th Annual Series of Walk to Cure Diabetes Beginning October 18, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 10, 2008) - The Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) announced today the locations for their 28th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes events which begin locally on October 18, 2008.

"We are excited to host Walk to Cure Diabetes events at five different locales around the San Francisco Bay Area this year," said Vicki Weiland, Executive Director, Greater Bay Area Chapter. "These fundraising walks are an essential part of our goal to raise $10 million locally to support critical type 1 diabetes research."

Founded in 1978, the Greater Bay Area Chapter of JDRF is one of the largest fundraising Chapters in the nation.

Walks have been scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Crissy Field in San Francisco, Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at St. Supery & Peju Wineries in Napa, Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Lover's Point in Pacific Grove and Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

Over the last 18 years, more than 100,000 individuals have participated in local JDRF Walks and have successfully raised millions to support type 1 diabetes research.

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.16 billion to diabetes research, including more than $137 million in FY2007. In FY2007, the Foundation funded 700 centers, grants and fellowships in 20 countries, and they fund more diabetes research than any other non-profit, non-governmental organization in the world. For more information visit www.curetype1.org.