Kayak for a Kure

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The American Diabetes Association's fall campaign, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, gets under way with the 6th Annual Hugh H. Armstrong Sr. Memorial Kayak for a Kure, to be held on Saturday, August 24. The event is $50 and includes entry, BBQ lunch and drinks, live music, and a goody bag. The three-mile paddle begins at Butterbean Beach and ends at the UGA Marine Extension Service Aquarium, with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the paddle starting at 10:00 a.m. The paddle is suitable for beginners and experts alike and is timed to coincide with the tides. Roughly 15 kayaks are available for use, free to those who reserve them with ADA early – first come, first serve.

Individuals can register by contacting 912-353-8110, ext. 3093 or suwillis@diabetes.org. Individuals are also encouraged to visit American Diabetes Association Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/adasavannah.

Kayak for a Kure is held annually in Memory of Savannah Businessman, Hugh H. Armstrong, who passed away due to complications from diabetes. The new major title sponsor of Kayak for a Kure is PIER Commercial. According to Ryan Schneider, President of PIER Commercial, “Hugh Armstrong Sr. had a major influence on my life and career as a mentor and friend. His influence and encouragement continue to guide me in my decisions to this day. Our company is honored to be a part of such a wonderful event that benefits the entire community.”

Former World Whitewater Champion kayaker, Dave Mason, a family friend of the Armstrongs, is the organizer of the paddle. “Even if you are a complete beginner,” says Mason, “don't let it stop you from participating. We will have experienced people in the water to help and this is a pleasant, easy paddle. It's beautiful and interesting enough for the experienced folks and not too intimidating for beginners. There is something for everyone.”

Special thanks to the 2013 Kayak for a Kure sponsors: PIER Commercial, J.T. Turner Construction, WTOC News, Quality Rock 105.3, Kuhn Construction, Savannah Canoe & Kayak, Hutson Plumbing Company, David Mason, YMCA, Armstrong Painting, and Gerald's Pig and Shrimp BBQ.

Money raised during Kayak for a Kure funds the mission of American Diabetes Association, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

The official Step Out Walk Kick-off Celebration will take place this Thursday, August 15th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Tubby's Tankhouse in Thunderbolt. The theme is “Even Heroes Can Suffer from Diabetes” and 2013 Chairman Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton is excited to lead this year's walk campaign. This heroic theme will energize participates as they learn more about ways to organize a walk team and get involved with this year's campaign.

The American Diabetes Association encourages people to learn more about diabetes, the 5th leading cause of death by disease in the United States. Unmanaged diabetes can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, lower limb amputations, end stage renal disease, cardiovascular disease and death.

Are you at risk for diabetes?

• Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes?

• Do you have a parent with diabetes?

• Do you get little or no exercise?

• Are you 65 years of age or older?

• Do you have high blood pressure (130/80) or higher?

• Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?

• Are you a woman who had diabetes when you were pregnant?

• Do you need to lose weight?

Some people with undiagnosed diabetes may notice these warning signs:

• Going to the bathroom often

• Feeling hungry or thirsty all the time

• Blurred vision that comes and goes

• Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal

• Feeling tired all the time

• Hands or feet that tingle or feel numb.

• Sudden weight loss

• Skin, gum or bladder infections that keep coming back

Diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored. If you have experienced any of these symptoms or answer yes to any of the questions above, see your healthcare provider. With proper treatment and management, diabetes can be controlled.

For more information contact Suzanne Willis at 353-8110, ext. 3093 or suwillis@diabetes.org.

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