Brainerd's annual Walk for Diabetes will begin 9 a.m. Saturday on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Baxter. The walk will help raise money to find a cure for the disease, which affects 17 million Americans.
This is Brainerd's seventh annual Walk for Diabetes. More than $136,000 has been raised locally to help find a cure.
"Every year more and more people participate in the six-mile walk on the Paul Bunyan Trail," said Mary Paine, chair of the Brainerd chapter of the American Diabetes Association. "It's a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful fall walk and show support for those living every day with diabetes.
For two years in a row, the top fund-raising team in Minnesota has been from the Brainerd area. Team Nystrom, captained by Quinn Nystrom, 17, and her brother, Will, 11, raised more than $14,000 last year and was honored as one of the top 50 teams nationally.
"We all have to do what we can," said Quinn Nystrom, who is a senior at Brainerd High School. "My brother Will, who is 11 years old, prays every night for a cure for diabetes. 'Please God, find a cure for diabetes.' I've heard that prayer every night since Will was diagnosed at 5 years old. I believe God is going to answer Will's prayers but until a cure is found, we will keep fighting."
The Brainerd event is part of the national Walk for Diabetes, planned at 245 locations across the country with more than 100,000 participants.
Registration for the Saturday walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Paul Bunyan Trailhead in Baxter. The event is open to anyone who wants to walk, bike or inline skate the six-mile route.
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