Residents step UP for diabetes, by Kay Bammert

On September 13, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) is holding its first Step UP for Diabetes Walk at Lower Harbor Park.
Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk kick-off starting at 9:00 a.m. Free blood pressure and foot screenings will be taking place starting at 8:30 a.m. Fun activities for kids also will be available.
Walkers making or collecting a minimum donation of $20 or more will receive a walk T-shirt and have a chance to win great prizes. Participants also will receive a special walk pedometer donated by State Farm agent Kara Applekamp. Donations collected from the walk will go to the U.P. Diabetes Endowment. The endowment was established in an effort to ensure future funding for the many programs and projects UPDON has provided to U.P. residents over the past twenty-two years. An i-Pod Shuffle will be awarded to the top two fundraisers.
Step UP for Diabetes organizers are also asking people from around the country to show their support for diabetes awareness by walking in their local area on September 13. A map of the United States is posted on the UPDON Web site highlighting states where people have committed to walk. Residents can help by inviting family and friends from outside the area to walk on September 13. No donation is necessary but donors from outside the area making a $20 or more donation will be sent a walk T-shirt. A flyer detailing our desire to engage the nation in a walk also can be found on the UPDON Web site.
Opportunities are available to for people to support the walk through donations and volunteering. Many local businesses and organizations have stepped up to help including: ASA Comfort Shoes, Avia Shoes, Aubree’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Frei Chevy, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson’s Sports Shop, Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority, Lutey’s Flowers, Marquette County Health Department, MSHS National Honor Society, Red Cross, Superior Dome, Superior Eye Health & Vision Center and the U.P. Children’s Museum.
If you or your organization is interested in walking, donating or volunteering, call 228-9203 or visit www.diabetesin michigan.org
Be sure to click on the U.P. and then the walk link. Walker registration and donation forms also are available on the Web site.
—Kay Bammert

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