Walk in Van Cortland Park raises money to help cure diabetesPosted: Updated:
More than 800 Bronx residents gathered Sunday for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International?s (JDRF) ?Walk to Cure Diabetes.?
The 3.1-mile event was held at Van Cortland Park. Organizers say the money raised will be used to help find a cure for diabetes, a disease that affects an estimated 12 percent of the Bronx population. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert consumed foods into energy. The JDRF's walk in the Bronx expected to raise $300,000.
JDRF is hosting more than 200 walks throughout the country and hopes to raise a total of $86 million.