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Walk for Diabetes event Sunday on UM campus

The University of Mississippi will host a Walk for Diabetes event Sunday on the Lyceum Loop.

The theme of this year’s event is “Be Someone’s Hero.”

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi will be walking to raise awareness about diabetes in Mississippi, to raise funds to support DFM programs and events and to celebrate and remember all those in Mississippi who have diabetes. Every dollar raised will stay in Mississippi to go toward the Diabetes Foundation’s education and assistance programs, including Camp Kandu, the state’s only camp for children with diabetes and their families; “Sweet Subjects” school diabetes education; “We Care 2” backpacks for newly diagnosed children and assistance for needy Mississippians and more.

Registration for the walk starts at 1 p.m. and the one-mile family fun run and 3.1 mile walk will begin at 2 p.m. There will also be a free picnic lunch for participants immediately following. Teams and individuals are welcome. There is a $20 minimum fundraising goal for each participant and those raising $50 and above will receive a Walk T-shirt featuring a “Be Someone’s Hero” design by Marshall Ramsey.

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the state’s premier nonprofit health organization working to prevent diabetes and associated complications and to improve the lives of every child, every adult and every family touched by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The Foundation accomplishes this through education, support, advocacy, medical assistance and research. Every dollar raised by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi stays in the state to help support and continue our education and assistance programs.

For more information about Sunday’s Oxford Walk for Diabetes or about the DFM, visit msdiabetes.org, call 601-957-7878 or visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.