Westhills has been involved with many organizations and charities over the years. This coming Sunday, June 10th, the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes will make its mark on the West Shore, taking to the streets of Westhills and triumphing against a disease that impacts more than three million Canadians living today – 10% of which suffer from the much  more severe type 1 diabetes.

The walk is organized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). They are the “worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes” and have been dedicated to their mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research for the last four decades!

Some quick facts about diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which essentially means that the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
  • Type 1 diabetes can strike children and adults alike at ANYTIME which results in a life dependent on injected or pumped insulin and the constant threat of complications.
  • A diabetic who is insulin dependent requires approximately 1,460 needles each year and 2,190 finger pokes a year for the testing of blood sugar levels!
  • Canada has the sixth highest incidence rate of type 1 diabetes in children ages 14 and younger in the world.

So, why did Westhills get involved with an organization like JDRF? We are committed to healthy, active living! We want everyone to have the same opportunity to achieve that healthy living standard and we truly believe that through supporting the research of diabetes, we all can provide a helping hand, which will lead to a cure and the elimination of diabetes!

Let’s band together on Sunday and walk that walk! We can help to find a cure for diabetes, we just need to support one another and support an active and healthy lifestyle.