Thousands walk to fight diabetes

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Ten-year-old Jennifer of Gloucester County and Jack Morey of Morey’s Piers show off their insulin pumps. Jennifer’s is attached to her upper arm, and Morey’s to his right side. (Her parents asked her surname not be published.)
  Ten-year-old Jennifer of Gloucester County and Jack Morey of Morey’s Piers show off their insulin pumps. Jennifer’s is attached to her upper arm, and Morey’s to his right side. (Her parents asked her surname not be published.)

WILDWOOD- More than 3,000 people hit the Wildwoods Boardwalk Saturday morning in support of 29 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes.

The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes raised $119,000, well above the initial goal of $65,000, said Michael Block, co-chairman of the South Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A final tally could more than double the projected goal.

“We’re thrilled,” Block said in a release from the city. “Seeing this many people is like a battery charge for me.”

 “The city of Wildwood has been so generous to the JDRF,” said co-chair Kathleen Bianco. “From our first meeting with city officials, we agreed that Wildwood was where we wanted to hold this walk.”

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, who walked the three-mile oceanfront route with his wife, Donna, was gratified by the turnout.

“It’s safe to say everyone knows somebody who has diabetes; this brings awareness to the disease and hopefully, someday there will a cure,” said Troiano. “We’re extremely proud to be able to host this.”

Jack Morey, of Morey’s Piers, told participants he has suffered with the disease for 47 years.

 “This is really overwhelming,” said Morey, looking out at the crowd gathered at Morey’s Adventure Pier. “I just never thought there would be this many people here, and I appreciate it.”

According to the organization, JDRF Walks are held each year in more than 200 cities worldwide, raising money to fund research and education with the goal of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. 

The JDRF contributes more than 80 cents from every dollar raised to medical research and education, and was named one of Forbes’ Top 5 All-Star Charities in 2012, according to the organization.

Donations are still being taken and will be added to the final tally. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.jdrf.org.

 Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, left, greets a crowd of more than 3,000 people at Saturday’s Wildwood Walks for JDRF event on the boardwalk. He is joined by JDRF South Jersey Senior Development Coordinator Ashley Trasser, co-chair Kathleen Bianco, Executive Director Nanette Gerst, and co-chair Michael Block.
 Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, left, greets a crowd of more than 3,000 people at Saturday’s Wildwood Walks for JDRF event on the boardwalk. He is joined by JDRF South Jersey Senior Development Coordinator Ashley Trasser, co-chair Kathleen Bianco, Executive Director Nanette Gerst, and co-chair Michael Block.

 Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.
 Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.

  Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.
Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.

 Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.
 Teams from around the region came to Wildwood Saturday to help raise money for the 29 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes. They raised more than $119,000, almost twice the projected goal.


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