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January 19, 2017

With the help of Adtran and supporters, JDRF’s Alabama Chapter aims to raise $125K  for critically needed type 1 diabetes research at theNorth Alabama10thAnnual JDRF One Walk®

Huntsville, Alabama, January 19, 2016 ?JDRF One Walk will kick off it’s10thannual 5K in Huntsville, Alabama  on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at HudsonAlpha and the Jackson Center, aiming to raise more than $125K to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event, organized by JDRF/ North Alabama,is expected to attract more than 1000 supporters representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations. The event is one of more than 200 community JDRF One Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without  T1D.

“This is a great opportunity to get family and friends together whether you have diabetes, or know someone who does, or want to simply participate in an event that makes a huge impact on so many lives” said Brandy Brannon Smith, One Walk Event Chair and VP for Renasant Bank.  “We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of  the North Alabama Community and supporters like Adtran,HudsonAlpha, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Lamar, WZYP and the Jackson Center,  who make it possible for JDRF to direct even more funding toward important T1D research for the 1.25 million people with this serious disease.”

​JDRF encourages people of all ages driven to support a great cause to participate in JDRF One Walk and enjoy a free fun-filled morning  withamazing kids activities, live music, give-a-ways, food and more! In addition, we will have all types of diabetic-related vendors on hand to answer questions as well as have the ability to do on-site testing. Event-day check in begins at 9 AM at HudsonAlpha and the Jackson Center.To register your walk team today and get a jump start on fundraising, please go to walk.jdrf.org/northalabama.  Please note there is no charge to participate.

“We are excited to be partnering with JDRF for this event to help fund much needed type 1 diabetes research,”said Stephanie Putman, Procurement Specialist and Team ADTRAN Committee Lead.“Adtranis  proud to be a part of this community which is so committed to relieving the burden experienced by people with type 1 diabetes and their families, and we share the same desire to rid the world of this disease.”

About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. Type 1 diabetes requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications. T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in 96 locations throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.

Jenni Jeffers, Development Coordinator