WALKERS BENEFIT FIGHT VS. DIABETES.Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - Hundreds of people turned out Sunday to raise money for the American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of , cheering event organizers who had trouble attracting donors in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
More than 700 people were expected to participate in the Santa Clarita Walk for the American Diabetes Association's America's Walk for Diabetes 2001.
Event organizers had hoped for as many as 1,000 participants this year but found that many would-be donors had already pledged their money to the victims and their families of the terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
``We found that since Sept. 11, it was difficult to raise funds for the walk, because much of the money was rightfully being diverted di·vert
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Although organizers didn't meet their goal of 1,000 participants this year, Kimball said they didn't fall below last year's 750 walkers. He said this year they would raise about $75,000 from the walk.
Last year, the walk raised about $100,000.
Mayor Laurene Weste said she was encouraged by the community's support of the event despite the recent tragedies.
``It shows that Santa Clarita wants to get us healthier and stronger,'' Weste said. ``This community is aggressively strong on America and on getting us back to normal.''
The 6-mile walk along the paseos of Valencia raises funds for diabetes research, education and community outreach Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. programs, and also promotes fitness and diabetes awareness.
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3. the American Diabetes Association, nearly 16 million Americans and 2 million Californians have diabetes. The disease occurs when the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that allows glucose to enter and fuel the body's cells. About 200,000 people are expected to die from the disease this year.
Brittanie Beck, 11, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 2 and who walks around with an insulin pump insulin pump
A portable device for people with diabetes that injects insulin at programmed intervals in order to regulate blood sugar levels. at her waist, said that although she doesn't like the walking, she hopes that the money raised will lead to a cure.
``It makes me feel happy to know people are helping with diabetes.''
(1) Participants in the Santa Clarita Walk for the American Diabetes Association make their way down Valencia Boulevard.
(2) Walkers cross a paseo bridge The Paseo Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri. It carries Interstates 29 and 35 and U.S. Route 71 over the bridge. It was built in 1954 and was rehabilitated in 1984 and 2005. over Valencia Boulevard during a 6-mile trek to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News