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Omaha-Council Bluffs Walk to Cure Diabetes

More than 4,000 Walkers to Raise $1 million for JDRF


More than 4,000 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools and other organizations are expected to attend the 21st Annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  This year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on Saturday, August 11th, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark Landing.  The goal of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter is to raise $1 million for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.  CenturyLink is the presenting sponsor Danny Pate, Vice President & General Manager is this year’s Corporate Chairman.  

“It’s great to be working together with JDRF on such an important goal – curing a disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans,” said Danny Pate.  “I am proud to serve as the Corporate Chair for this year’s Walk.  By working together, we will make a difference and find a cure for T1D.”  

Entire families from kids to grandparents can participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes – even though they may not be among the 14 million Americans with a personal connection to T1D.  At the Omaha-Council Bluffs Walk there will be clowns, children’s games, face painting, music and refreshments.  The two mile Walk begins at 9 a.m., circling around Miller’s landing to the north and returning along the riverfront and features an optional third mile across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge to Council Bluffs and back.  In addition to the Walk route, JDRF is proud to announce the addition of the T1D 5K Dash*.  The 5K Run will begin at 7:30 a.m., bringing participants back to the landing in time to walk with their own family or corporate team. (*A registration fee applies for 5K Run participants.)

“We appreciate immensely the dedication of Danny Pate and CenturyLink’s employees,” said Amee Zetzman, JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Board President.  “Danny and CenturyLink’s employees support allow us to accelerate T1D research to find a cure for the up to three million Americans living with type 1 diabetes and its complications.”

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is the fastest growing fund raising event in the history of JDRF.  Funds are raised through corporate sponsorships, the formation of corporate and family walk teams and the sales of paper sneakers in retail outlets.  In 2011, the national JDRF Walk program raised over $85 million to fund T1D research.  

About JDRF
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of T1D research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, amputation and pregnancy complications.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with T1D, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research, including more than $116 million in 2011. In a typical year, more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.  For more information, go to

JDRF is a member of Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE), a partnership of 18 premier Nebraska-based health charities working to improve the health and wellness of Nebraskans. The non-profit fundraising federation raises charitable contributions through workplace giving, corporate gifts and foundation grants for member agencies to fund research, client services & programs, and community education.

To find out more about how you or your company can participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, call (402) 397-CURE (2873) or e-mail  To register for the Walk, visit  

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit

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