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Thousands participate in Juvenile Diabetes Research walk in Jacksonville

3:18 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 6,000 people turned out at the Greater Jacksonville Fairgrounds today for the Walk to Cure Diabetes put on by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The event raises money to help those living with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that is oftentimes diagnosed in children and has no cure.

The walk is expected to raise $600,000. research. 90% of that will go to research.  One of the things being developed right now and tested through research is an artificial pancreas that patients can wear.

"It has a pager like device that tests a person's blood sugar every 60 seconds and communicates with the insulin pump and the person is able to live a somewhat normal, healthy life, without having to prick their fingers and give themselves injections as much as they do currently," said Brooks Biagini, executive director of the North Florida JDRF chapter.

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