Walk in Van Cortland Park raises money to help cure diabetes

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.

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