The push to get people to pound the pavement to fight diabetes in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry is in full swing. The American Diabetes Association is gearing up for their big fall fundraiser, Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. Less than two months to go and more than 40 teams are signed up. The ADA is looking for more people to join the effort. A captains rally is set for Thursday, 5:30p.m. inside the Midtown location of Hampton Inn & Suites on Abercorn St. in Savannah.
This signature fundraising walk will be staged October 10, 2015 in historic Forsythe Park. It’s part of the ADA’s Stop Diabetes movement. 144 cities across the United States will once again step up and host Step Out walks to help raise money to help change the future of diabetes. Participants will join the movement by registering and recruiting co-workers, friends, and family members to walk and raise money.
Terry Lemmon is the chairman of Savannah’s Step Out Walk and Lemmon is looking for an even bigger turnout than last year, when more than a thousand people participated in the non-timed, 5K Run/Walk. “It’s an awareness campaign to make people aware, especially in our community how, uh, how many diabetics that are dealing with it on a day-to-day basis. What they have to go through in order to get medicine and to, and medical care, and what there is to prevent those kind of conditions down the road.” Lemmon said.
These walks have proven pivotal in the past when it comes to pumping some funds into local resources for diabetics. The team captains rally is designed to build moral and momentum for this year’s step out event. ” It’s gonna be a pep rally. We’re there really to motivate the team captains and to get them out into the community to deliver the message.” said Lemmon.
The 2015 goal in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry is 100 teams to raise $130,000. Teams can sign up on the internet. If your company is interested in being a sponsor, contact Vanessa Manning at (912)-353-8110 ext. 3093. You can also click the link below for more information, to donate, or to register a team online.