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Hundreds walk for the cure at Carson Park

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A big crowd was in Carson Park this afternoon to walk for a good cause.

The tenth annual JDRF walk to cure diabetes brought out more than 500 people for a two mile walk this afternoon. The number of participants continues to grow each year as dozens slip on tennis shoes to show their support for loved ones with the disease and raise money for a good cause.

"The purpose is to fund research for type 1 diabetes. It helps people deal with the complications from diabetes. Also, they are helping fund research for a cure for diabetes which is why everyone is here today. The biggest thing is to let the person who has type 1 diabetes know they are not alone and everyone is here to support them," says Sharon McIlquham, the walk organizer.

Lindsey's Leggers is a team that supports Lindsey Knecht, a second grader from Sam Davey who was diagnosed with type one diabetes as a toddler. Lindsey's diagnosis sets her apart from other kids her age but her grandfather says she no longer feels isolated because of all the community support.

"Every time I eat I have to take my blood sugar and I have to give myself insulin," says Knecht. "She came to this walk and she can see her Lindsey's Leggers and that someone else had someone supporting them and numerous family members that are walking for their child," says Paul Petit, Lindsey's grandfather.

There were a lot of familiar faces at today's walk, including our own Jerry Gallagher, who helped to kick off today's event.

We don't know the total amount raised yet but organizers are hoping to beat last years total of $67,000.

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