Why Walk?

When 2 hours of sleep is a good night. When staying alive is a 24-hour job. This is life with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

There are some things money can’t buy: A day without taking insulin. A full night’s sleep. Never having to check blood sugar. But money can advance research.

When your life is touched by type 1 diabetes, you know the reality of sleepless nights, the monitoring and carb counting, the insulin, the worrying, the constant vigilance - and the potential complications. It can be a lot to manage, and you know that it takes a team to fight this disease.

There are an estimated 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) – and this number is increasing at an alarming rate.1 In fact, Canada has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes for children under 14 years of age.2

What can you do to help?

Join us for the 25th anniversary of the Walk! Start or join a team for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. Your support helps advance vital research projects that improve the lives of people living with T1D. Dollars raised support remarkable research projects including a 3D-printed bio-artificial pancreas, stem cell technology, exercise and T1D, transplant advances, and smartphone apps.

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1. Jakobsen, T. A. (2016). Psychosocial experiences of type 1 diabetes diagnosed in emerging adulthood (T). University of British Columbia. Retrieved from https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/24/items/1.0308604 (Original work published 2016)
2. DIAMOND Project Group. Incidence and trends of childhood Type 1 diabetes worldwide 1990-1999. Diabet Med. 2006;23(8):857-866.