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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: A Walk to Stop Diabetes 2014 In Seattle To Benefit American Diabetes Association

Team Love, with Logan Britt, Scott and Gage Burnell, Mary Kay Anderson, Jen, Jason and Joey Clark,  Lou and Nicole Mertes and Ginger at Step Out 2013 (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Team Love, with Logan Britt, Scott and Gage Burnell, Mary Kay Anderson, Jen, Jason and Joey Clark, Lou and Nicole Mertes and Ginger at Step Out 2013 (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is on October 4, 2014 at Magnuson Park in Seattle and on October 11, 2014 at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Step Out is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) signature fundraising walk. The event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes. Step Out is filled with music, food, kids’ activities, giveaways, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. Before the event, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast. After the walk there will be a live band and festivities for the whole family.

The American Diabetes Association  is the only non-profit organization supporting all 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. The Association 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.

The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes raises money for the many programs and research that the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  You have 3 route options on event day, choose from 1.5 miles, 3 miles or complete the 3 mile loop twice for 6 miles (for the Tacoma Step Out, a 1.5 mile and 5 mile loop are available.) All routes will start along the beach. A water-stop and restroom is located on the route at approximately the halfway point. My team has done this the last 2 years in a row, and it always is a beautiful walk near the beach with lots of activities for kids and adults alike before and after. I learned many different options from the vendor booths last year in which we incorporated into our daily lives dealing with T1D.

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.

WHEN: October 4, 2014

Registration/Check-In – 8:30 a.m.

Walk Begins – 10 a.m.

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

REGISTER: To donate or register for the Seattle walk on October 4, 2014, go to Step Out: Walk To Stop Diabetes 2014.





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