Diabetes Walk a Success
By Sandra Czech
Congratulations to the generous members of the SLAC
community who helped raise over $2,500 for the fight to cure diabetes.
The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes took place at Mountain
View’s Shoreline Park on Sunday, October 27. The Walk benefits the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Before and during the
three-mile-long walk, participants were provided with drinks, snacks and
Pauline Wethington (HR), a key coordinator of this event,
welcomed the opportunity to have SLAC partner with Stanford University for
this event. "Without the help and support of SLAC employees, directors,
and management, who participated as team leaders, walkers and/or donated
toward this great cause, we could not have reached beyond Stanford
University’s goal of over $20,000."
Volunteers celebrate a beautiful morning of walking
to cure diabetes. (Photo courtesy of Pauline
For one walker, the event had special meaning. Carolyn
Burton (ESD), whose mother died of complications of diabetes and whose
nephew was diagnosed with the disease shortly after, first heard about the
event via an e-mail Wethington sent out. "I wanted to be part of the
walk," Burton said. "I wanted to raise money, I thought of my mother and
my nephew. I started talking with other members of my family and realized
that I had more family members with diabetes."
The National Diabetes Statistics show that one million
people aged 20 and older are diagnosed with diabetes. A full 13 percent of
all African Americans and 10.2 percent of Hispanic/Latino Americans have
this disease. Statistics also show that American Indians and Alaska
Natives are 2.6 times more likely to have diabetes than Anglo Americans
and for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, ages 45 to 64, diabetes ranks
as the fifth highest cause of death.
For more information on the Walk, see: