A-State Men's Basketball team walks in JDRF Cure For Diabetes

From Arkansas State University

Student-athletes, coaches, and staff of the 2013-14 Arkansas State University men's basketball team walked the streets of downtown Jonesboro this Saturday (Oct. 5) morning for a worthwhile cause as the contingent participated in the 2013 Northeast Arkansas JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The annual event is held each October to bring not only awareness, but assist in funding research to find a cure for diabetes.  There are several ways individuals may make a tax-deductible gift such as a general donation, memorial donation, tribute donation, making a stock gift, including JDRF in your will, supporting JDRF at your place of employment, and donating your vehicle.

Diabetes is becoming widespread at a rapid rate as more than 26 million people worldwide suffer from the disease and more than 36,000 adults and children annually are diagnosed with Type 1.  The Type 1 Diabetes is most often diagnosed in the childhood and makes the individual insulin dependent for life.  Type 1 strikes suddenly and carries the constant threat of deadly complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation.

"We're proud to be involved in the JDRF Walk as representatives of Arkansas State University," said A-State Associate Head Coach Melvin Haralson.  "Diabetes is a terrible disease which almost everyone knows someone who has it.  Hopefully, we can find a cure for diabetes soon and the JDRF Walk creates awareness which is important."

The A-State student-athletes, coaches, and staff members associated with the men's basketball program walked the 5K course through the downtown Jonesboro areastreets.

"This (JDRF Walk) is very important to us and it's always good to help others less fortunate," said senior Ed Townsel.  "We as a team have this event marked on our calendar every year and understand the importance of making a difference inpeople's lives."

This year's Northeast Arkansas JDRF Walk not only featured the 2013-14 A-State men's basketball team, but also university organizations such as ROTC and the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

"Today was a good day with great weather for a great cause," said A-State Men's Basketball Director of Operations Brodrick Johnson.  "The people who are responsible for the JDRF Walk do a great job implementing every aspect of the cause here in Jonesboro.  It's great to see other Arkansas State University students coming out to support the JDRFWalk like ROTC and the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.  Alpha Gamma Delta is at the forefront of sororities which put others first before themselves."

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research.  Driven by passionate,grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research.  The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D.  For more information, please visit www2.jdrf.org.  Since its inception in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion in direct funding to diabetes research.  As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than$110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization's efficiency and effectiveness.