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Walk for Diabetes set for Sunday

Friends, neighbors and Ole Miss student athletes and the Student Alumni Council will be out Sunday walking for a cause.

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s 19th annual Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes is Sunday at the Lyceum Loop on the University of Mississippi campus.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting at 2.

Participants can walk or run the one-mile “family fun” route or enjoy the 5k. Teams and individuals are welcome. Every walker over age 16 is asked to make a minimum donation of $20.

The theme of the walk is “Let’s Tame Diabetes!” and participants raising $50 and above will receive a commemorative T-shirt designed by illustrator Marshall Ramsey, featuring his dog Banjo, who had diabetes, as the “Super Diabetes Tamer.”

There will be a picnic after the walk.

November is National Diabetes Month, and the walk helps celebrate the DFM’s month-long campaign to raise awareness about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Honorary chair for the Oxford walk is Chris Floyd of FNC, and the statewide honorary chair is Larry Favreau, executive vice president and CEO of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.

Donations raised at the walk will support programs and services of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, including Camp Kandu, Mississippi’s only camp for children with diabetes and their families; the DFM’s Sweet Subject school diabetes education program; and the DFM’s Helping Hands patient assistance program.

According to the DFM, every dollar raised stays in the state to support these efforts.

In addition, 87 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes. The DFM recently received a fourth consecutive four star rating by Charity Navigator — the highest rating awarded to nonprofit organizations and a title given to only eight percent of charities nationwide.

“The DFM is committed to caring for every child, every adult and every family living with diabetes,” said Mary Fortune, DFM executive vice president.

“Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes brings attention to a disease that affects a large part of our state’s population,” added Fortune, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 40 years. “While we envision a world without type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there is no better way to promote health and fellowship now than by joining us at Walk 2015.”

For more on the walk or to make a donation, visit www.msdiabetes.org or call 1-877-DFM-CURE (336-2873).