BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Every year, 64,000 people are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that impairs the pancreas and requires them to take insulin for the rest of their lives.

The illness is type 1 diabetes and it affects 1.45 million people in the U.S.

Unlike type 2 diabetes, it is not triggered by lifestyle or eating habits and cannot be reversed.

Will there ever be a cure for type 1 diabetes?

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDRF) believes researchers are on their way to discovering one.

This is why JDRF is organizing an October 9 walkathon that will raise funding for type 1 diabetes research.

The event is called One Walk™ and though it’s typically an annual event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s walkathon will be the first time it’s taken place since 2019.

Any who wish to support endeavors to find a cure for type 1 diabetes are encouraged to participate. This year, JDRF’s Baton Rouge chapter hopes to raise more than $250,000.

One Walk™ will take place at BREC Highland Road Community Park (14024 Highland Road) at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 9.

The route is approximately 1.5 miles in length and more than 500 representatives from capital area businesses and organizations are expected to attend.

Individuals who aren’t fond of walking can still enjoy the event as it will also feature music, food, a kid’s zone, and more opportunities for family fun. These activities will begin ahead of the walk, at 1 p.m.

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