Strong turnout for Swift Current's Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Close to 100 people turned out in support of the JDRF - Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes in Swift Current on Saturday.

After enjoying a family fair at the Lt. Col. Clifton Centre, walkers then embarked on a 1.5 kilometre walk along the Chinook Pathway.

Noah Steinley, one of the walk ambassadors, was excited to be walking in support of a cure. Diagnosed five years ago, Steinley explained the difficulties he faces and his hopes for a cure.

"It's hard to keep my blood sugar in a good range. There are always things that affect it, like food, activity, heat and excitement," Steinley said during the opening ceremonies of the walk. "A cure for me would mean not giving myself several finger pricks a day, and not giving myself inch long needles every once and a while."

While has has an insulin pump which helps manage his diabetes, he has a daily routine to follow since being diagnosed in 2008.

"Since then I've had to poke my finger several times a day and give myself insulin every time I eat or drink. I have to be careful when I play hockey or football that my blood sugar level is stable, so that I don't go low during the game or that I'm not too high and still perform well."

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease which causes the pancreas to stop producing insulin, and its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. An estimated 300,000 plus Canadians have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and the disease can strike both children and adults at any age.

Steinley commented he wanted people to know that there is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

"There is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. And that insulin is not a cure, it is just a way to manage your diabetes."

Denis Perrault, an ambassador for the Southwest Type 1 Sharps, said the walk organizer are thankful for the support they receive during the day.

"Type 1 Diabetes, everybody knows somebody who is effected, so the real nice part is everybody is connected. And we see that support come out in droves today, so it is wonderful," Perrault said during walk day.

With this year marking the fifth annual walk, when combined with the other efforts of the Southwest Type 1 Sharps, they have raised over an estimated $120,000 during their walk, spring poker night, and other fundraisers. This year they are planning a Grey Cup Party.

Southwest Type 1 Sharps organizing member Michelle Steinley said the JDRF fundraiser is important.

"We like that cause because 84 cents out of every dollar goes directly to finding a treatment or cure for diabetes," she said.

The Southwest Type 1 Sharps also provide support and awareness for their cause.

"In the community we like to be a bit of a spokesperson for diabetes. And also a bit of a support group for other families that have been affected. And we try and get some education and awareness out there as well. So we have done some events in the schools, and in the community, just to try and educate teachers and other students and other families about Type 1 Diabetes and how they might live with it or support someone who lives with Type 1 Diabetes."

"It's a very difficult and a very personal disease, and I feel like talking to other families is really the best way because those people understand what you're going through."

Geographic location: Swift Current

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