University community participates in diabetes walk

JDRF walk
Members of our university community participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's North Haven Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 6 on the North Haven Campus.

Members of our university community participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's North Haven Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 6 on the North Haven Campus. Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing, served as honorary chairwoman for the second consecutive year.

"It's a very worthy cause," she said. "Diabetes has become such a prevalent disease in the United States. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in addition to actively raising significant funds to do ground-breaking research to find cure, also does a lot to raise awareness."

The three-mile walk was held on Quinnipiac's North Haven campus.

A number of Quinnipiac groups participated, including the QU Student Nurses Association, School of Education, Future Teachers Organization, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Delta Pi , Kappa Alpha Theta, the acrobatics and tumbling team and the Ballroom Society. In addition, the QNSA provided health information, including coloring books for children, at the event.

"The walk is a nice way for our nursing students to support a cause that very much connects to the work they are going to be doing," Lange said.

More than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, each year, according to the JDRF website. The foundation holds more than 200 walks every year and has raised $1 billion. 

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page.