11th annual Morgan County Sneaker Stroll to be held Saturday, May 21

The 11th Annual Morgan County Sneaker Stroll benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the largest charitable funder of Type 1 diabetes research, will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The Sneaker Stroll fundraiser includes a 5K Run/Walk. Although online registration for the Run/Walk is encouraged, on-site registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with the Run/Walk starting at 10:00 a.m. followed by a free barbecue. The Sneaker Stroll will take place at Brush Memorial Park (by the swimming pool) in Brush, Colo. Along with the barbecue, other festivities include diabetes-based educational booths, family fun games, door prizes, live music entertainment by the Classic Country band, and a leisurely “stroll” around Doty Ponds. The Sneaker Stroll is open to anyone hoping to help find a cure for diabetes. On-site screenings for Type 2 diabetes will also be available.

The Sneaker Stroll is partnering with the City of Brush to bring you the 5K Run/Walk! Participants can run, walk, skip, jump, or dance their way through 5 kilometers of fun! Registration online for the 5K is being handled by the City of Brush Recreation Department. To register online, go to the City of Brush website at www.brushcolo.com and click on the recreation department link. Cost of registration is only $25 per person ($20 per person for groups of 10 or more) and guarantees you a Sneaker Stroll t-shirt!

Participants may also register on-site the day of the event starting at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the JDRF for diabetes research with sponsorships covering the expenses of the event.

For those that want to attend in support of the event, in support of all individuals and families “fighting the fight” every single day, and in support of JDRF but do not want to participate in the 5K can do so by registering on-site starting at 9:00 a.m. and donating at least $25 that will earn them a Sneaker Stroll t-shirt and be eligible to win donated door prizes. Participation in the Sneaker Stroll activities is highly encouraged! This donation also includes the free barbecue and the other activities of the day. At 2:00 p.m. we will take a leisurely “stroll” around Doty Ponds in support of all those fighting diabetes keeping with the theme of “Let’s Kick This!.” The event concludes around 3:00 p.m.

The Morgan County Sneaker Stroll, a third-party team JDRF event, is hosted by the New Raymer Prairie Lions Club, the Brush Lions Club, and other Colorado MD6 Lions Clubs. Diabetes is one of Lions Clubs International’s service framework projects worldwide along with vision, hunger, environment, and childhood cancer. The goal for Lions Clubs worldwide is to raise awareness, to promote education about diabetes, to support all those battling this disease everyday, and to raise funds to help in the fight against diabetes to find a cure.

Diabetes is on the rise!

  • 422 million adults have diabetes—that’s one person in 11!
  • 3.7 million deaths due to diabetes and high blood glucose
  • 1.5 million deaths caused by diabetes

Main types of diabetes:

  • Type1 Diabetes—body does not produce insulin
  • Type2 Diabetes—body produces insulin but can’t use it well
  • Gestational Diabetes—a temporary condition in pregnancy

Consequences—Diabetes can lead to complications in many parts of the body and increase the risk of dying prematurely: stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, and amputation.

The Morgan County Sneaker Stroll was originally started by some moms of Type1 diabetic kids that felt that they were just ordinary moms with “extra-ordinary” kids and were hoping and praying that in the future no other child and family would need to go through what they and their children have gone through. Type1 diabetes can often be a very frustrating disease and the knowledge of others can be extremely beneficial. Type1 diabetes not only affects the child, but the entire network of caregivers. If you are a Type1 diabetic or have a Type 1 diabetic child, please contact Carol Lambert and get involved with the Sneaker Stroll with support from many people and businesses of the area! We want to invite all those with Type1 and Type2 to attend the event so we can offer our support to you and your family!

Type1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. To stay alive, people with Type1 diabetes must take multiple injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood four or more times a day or use a continuous glucose monitor. While trying to balance insulin doses with their food intake and daily activities, people with this form of diabetes still must always be prepared for serious hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, both of which can be life-limiting and life threatening. While insulin injections or infusions allow a person with Type1 to stay alive, they do not cure diabetes, nor do they necessarily prevent the possibility of the disease’s devastating effects. Ask people who have Type1 diabetes what it is like to have Type1 diabetes, and they will tell you: It’s difficult. It’s upsetting. It’s life threatening. It never goes away.

JDRF’s mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure Type1 diabetes. JDRF is the leading funder and advocate of Type1 diabetes science.

The 11th Annual Morgan County Sneaker Stroll draws people together in a healthy activity for a worthy cause, raising money to help find better treatments and a cure for diabetes. It’s fun for families and friends and builds camaraderie in the community. Above all, it is an event you will feel good about just by being a part of it. In the past 10 years, the Morgan County Sneaker Stroll has raised over $100,000 that has been donated directly to the JDRF, and it has been voted the #1 JDRF Volunteer Driven event for the State of Colorado for many of those years! For more information call or text Carol at 970.370.0364 or email carollmbrt@yahoo.com. Donations can be mailed to Morgan County Sneaker Stroll, c/o Carol Lambert, P.O. Box 82, New Raymer, CO 80742. Checks should be made payable to Colorado Lions Foundation, the non-profit 501c3, of the Colorado Lions.


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