On the brisk fall morning of October 17, 2015 a walk to support the American Diabetes Association took place at Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park. In addition to the 142 teams and 937 registered walkers, there were many national sponsors who had joined the fight against diabetes. The event started by honouring those lost to diabetes and thanking the sponsors who were supporting the mission.

Starting Line for ADA Walk

This year’s Step Out Walk was full of energy with people coming together to raise the much needed funds to support diabetes research, education and advocacy programs. Everyone had their own personal reason for participating in the event and doing their part to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all.

Serving refreshments to walkers

Apart from the number of individuals who helped support the walk, there were also some common themed groups that could be found across the event. The Red Striders were those who are living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. They were given a Red Strider hat to wear during the walk, so they could remind the others of the purpose of the walk! The Champion Walkers were participants who have committed to a fundraising goal of $1000 or higher. Then there were the Teams which came in all sizes and are formed through all types of corporations, families, clubs and schools.

Rochester’s Young Energy for ADA

The Rochester Rapid Relief Team was on site by 7AM and helping the directors of ADA by placing barricades, hanging signs and banners and setting up the start line. Once the event swung into action, the volunteers assisted with parking and traffic control. RRT set up a hydration station at the halfway mark along the course that provided water, refreshments, direction and encouragement.

Helping put up signs

Although the temperature stayed cool, the atmosphere was full of warmth and support. The event raised a total of $129,398.00 to assist the 29 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and hundreds of local families that the American Diabetes Association helps.

Serving refreshments to walkers

RRT was involved at the end of the day, assisting with taking down the signs and helping with the final clean-up. The assistance of RRT commented on by The Rochester’s ADA Chapter. “RRT was great! I love the organization, it’s purpose and what you stand for”.

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