Saturday's Second Annual Walk for Juvenile Diabetes raised $3,600, and donations are still coming in for diabetes research and the purchase of computer programs which help monitor the disease.
"We're still waiting to find out how we did in comparison to (other diabetes walk-a-thons that have taken place across the state), because I have a feeling Payson is going to blow them away," event co-chairperson Joan Young said. "Based on the information we have now and this doesn't count other donations that we believe are on their way we took in $1,500 from our sponsors. And then, out of less than 100 walkers, we came up with $2,100 more."
The 5K walk-a-thon around Green Valley Park was organized by the Payson Optimists Club. The goal was to raise money for juvenile diabetes research and specifically for local victims of the disease $1,000 computer programs physicians can use to not only diagnose and monitor diabetes, but also transmit the data to the Children's Research Center in Tucson.
Diabetes, which affects over 16 million Americans, is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and amputations in the United States. There is no cure.
"I'm surprised we didn't have more people but, boy, the ones we had really came through for us," Young said.
Post-walk-a-thon donations are being accepted. To contribute, call Young at 472-2264, or Irma Bramlet at 472-6327.