Hundreds lace up for diabetes walk - - Jackson, MS

Hundreds lace up for diabetes walk

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Hundreds of people found a fun and healthy way to fight the state's number one health problem.

Mississippi's Walk for Diabetes was held Sunday afternoon on the grounds of the Southern Farm Bureau.

Walkers and runners hit the pavement to raise money for research, education and patient services.

An estimated 346,500 Mississippians have diabetes.

Last year more than 3,000 people participated in the annual walk.

A portion of the funds raised will go to Camp Kandu, a bi-annual camp for children with diabetes and their families.

Money will also be used to help needy patients purchase insulin, meters and diabetic medications.

"I don't want to give into the whole idea that diabetes is hereditary because you don't have to. You can stay healthy. You can change what you eat and you can educate yourself about it and you don't have to be a victim of the disease," said walk participant Dr. Preselfannie McDaniels.

"It's important for people with diabetes to know how many people support them and understand what they're going through. It's good for educational purposes we have the Sugar Shack where people can learn more about diabetes, assess their risk," said Irena McClain, Associate Director of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

All the funds raised will stay in the state.

The Mississippi Walk for Diabetes in Jackson is in its 17th year.

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