On October 3, 2015, a group of RRT volunteers from Cleveland, OH assisted at the 2015 Step Out | Walk to Stop Diabetes. Step Out Events raise money for the American Diabetes Association, who fund research to prevent and cure diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association Opening Ceremony

Although it was early October, Old Mr. Winter called in unannounced and brought with him his characteristic luggage – wind, rain and bone-chilling cold – which he dispersed indiscriminately throughout the day. Despite his unwelcome presence there was a substantial turnout of 750 walkers, proving their unwavering support of the cause.

Volunteers helping register the participants for the walk

The walk started and finished at the fairgrounds in Berea, OH where it wound its way to Coe Lake alongside the picturesque Cleveland Metro Parks. It then took the walkers through the small city center of Berea where there was the option for either the 2.5 mile or the 4 mile route.

Walkers crossing the line at the beginning of the event

RRT manned the two rest stations along the routes. One was near the middle of the 2.5 mile route and the other midway through the 4 mile route. At both stations the walkers found smiles and well-wishes as abundant and refreshing as the hot drinks and snacks. The RRT tents offered an appreciated covert from the elements.

The RRT Refreshment Stop stationed along the shorter walk route The RRT Refreshment Stop stationed along the longer walk route

This event alone raised $140,000 to support the 29 million adults and children currently living with Diabetes in the United States. Many of the walkers expressed their thanks to the Rapid Relief Team for their encouragement and refreshments to keep them going.

Participants, exhausted after the long day!

Visit www.stepout.diabetes.org to make a donation today or to learn more about Step Out’s dedication to the battle against diabetes.

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