AGAWAM – The North Central Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will have the 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at Six Flags New England.
Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. of the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and Derek Kellogg, head coach of the University of Massachusetts Amherst men's basketball team, will serve as the 2012 Honorary Walk Co-chairs.
Approximately 3,500 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools, civic and other organizations are expected to participate. The largest contingency is made up of entire families from children to grandparents, many of whom take part because of a family member living with type 1 diabetes. Fourteen million Americans have a personal connection to the disease.
JDRF Walks take place in more than 200 cities worldwide. The Six Flags Walk is one of three to this fall hosted by the local JDRF chapter. The collective fundraising goal is $1 million for research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. The walk will feature fun activities for the entire family including clowns, face painting, costumed characters, jugglers, and much more. Any walker who raises $50 or more will receive a free pass into the park for that day.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A brief kick-off celebration takes place at 10 a.m. with the 2-mile walk starting immediately afterward.
For more information on how to participate in the Six Flags Walk by becoming a sponsor or by building a walk team, visit www.walk.jdrf.org
or call 860-470-0020.