North Dakota

High turnout for 9th Annual JDRF One Walk to fight Type 1 Diabetes

Hundreds take part in the annual hike to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

FARGO, ND (KVRR) – “This year we just saw an amazing turnout from people in the Fargo area to support people living with Type 1 Diabetes. I think it’s incredible because when we think back to the years leading up to the pandemic, it’s similar in terms of the number of people showing their support for friends, family and loved ones,” said Mike Little, Adult Ambassador at JDRF One Walk.

Nearly 40 teams with a common goal marched to Scheels Arena to participate in Fargo’s 9th Annual JDRF One Walk Against Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 diabetics and their loved ones rock t-shirts to show their team support and remind people why they’re taking part in the walk.

The goal is to raise at least $50,000 for research to raise awareness of the disease, find a better treatment, and eventually a cure.

More than 1.6 million Americans are living with the disease, and high insulin costs remain a driving force behind this annual event.

“We have worked with our federal legislators for many years. We also introduced a bill in our state parliament, which was also not passed. That’s partly because people don’t want caps or price controls or anything like that. The problem is that I want people to come together and work together to find a solution because Danika’s insulin is almost $4,000 for 90 days and that’s sustaining her life,” says Danelle Johnson.

“‘Will I be okay in the next 10 minutes? Will I be okay in the next half hour? will i train will i eat something Is it getting cold outside? Will my number break?’ There are just so many of them. It’s always in the back of your mind and makes sure you’re always 10 steps ahead,” says Danika Johnson.

Danika adds that she appreciates the community’s concern for the cause.

“It’s just so much fun for all the other people. Seeing them all get together and if it’s their first other diabetic they’ve seen before. Or the first time they’ve seen someone else with the same device as them. I know how it feels to feel like you’re so alone and to feel like there are other people going out there and living their days just like you. Kinda struggling, but kinda getting through. I think that’s really important and it makes me so happy,” said Danika Johnson.

This year’s walk has raised more than $57,000 so far.

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