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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes In Seattle To Benefit American Diabetes Association

It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, and currently 1-in-5 health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diabetes. In addition, 79 million people have pre-diabetes and an estimated 7 million people are undiagnosed.

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes (Photo Credit: American Diabetes Association)

When my son was diagnosed last year with Type 1 diabetes, the first group of people to offer us a way to understand the disease and connect to other families and kids dealing with the disease was the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

This Saturday is the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes raising money for the many programs and research that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers. Walkers can choose from two route options, 3 or 1.5 miles. Participants may also elect to walk the 3 mile option twice for a 6 mile walk.

Don’t have a team to walk with? Join Team Red. Team Red is a team for anyone without a team; it is a chance to connect with other Step Out walkers that share your passion to stop diabetes.

This fundraising event also offers a fun day of activities besides the walk, including:

  • The Auburn Riverside High School Drum Line leading off the walk
  • Following the walk, enjoy performances from School of Rock, Charles Cheeks, and the Auburn Riverside High School Jazz Band
  • A Kidz Zone, sponsored by Sports Authority
  • A Dog Zone

WHEN: October 13, 2012
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
walk starts: 10 a.m.

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

REGISTER: Register here.
To join Team Red, go to the Team Red registration page.

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