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Diabetes Association opens Statesboro campaign
Trish Tootle Mug
Trish Tootle - photo by Special
    The American Diabetes Association begins its Statesboro fundraising drive Thursday with a Campaign Kick-off at the Statesboro Inn & Restaurant from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    The 2009 campaign is led by chairman Trish Tootle, with Farmers & Merchants Bank, and campaign co-chair Brian Kent with BAK Builders. The theme focuses on “the faces of diabetes in our community,” local individuals who represent the 5,400 people in Bulloch County affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  
    Nationally, more than 24 million Americans have diabetes and 25 percent don’t even know they have it, putting them at risk for deadly complications.
    The kick-off is free and open to the public. The one-hour event will feature speeches from those affected by diabetes and also will provide information about diabetes and fundraising. Fundraising materials will also be available for attendees.
    “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” is a unique event for the American Diabetes Association where participants raise funds through a variety of ways  – Duck for Diabetes, car washes, wine tasting, bagging groceries, etc. – prior to the walk and then celebrate their fundraising efforts on the day of the walk.
    Teams from companies, churches, neighborhoods and friends and family will join efforts to raise money and awareness for the mission of American Diabetes Association. About 500 people are expected to attend.
    Statesboro’s most well known diabetes event is “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.” It  will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10th at Mill Creek Regional Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m.
    This years’ walk entertainment will include local high school performances, the Georgia Southern University Show Choir and Cheerleaders from around the area. There will also be a Kid’s Zone that includes a Bounce Around and face painting. The event will also feature eye, foot, and blood pressure screening.
    Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease and claims over 225,000 American lives annually. All funds raised during the Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes support the mission of American Diabetes Association, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
    For more information about diabetes or Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, contact Suzanne Willis at 353-8110, ext. 3093 or

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