Brainerd's Walk for Diabetes raised more than $33,000 on Saturday with a record number of walkers.
"We had 162 people from our community participate in the walk," said Mary Paine, chair of the Brainerd chapter of the American Diabetes Association. "That was a 30 percent increase from the year before."
Saturday's event was the seventh annual Walk for Diabetes in Brainerd. More than $170,000 has been raised locally. Brainerd's event was part of a national network of walks sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Eighty person of all money raised goes directly to diabetes research.
Saturday's walk was the kick off event for Diabetes Awareness Week in Brainerd. At 7 p.m. tonight at Central Lakes College Room No. W127, Carlea Bauman, director of advocacy for the American Diabetes Association, will speak about efforts to increase federal funding for diabetes.
Nicole Johnson, Miss American 1999, will be in Brainerd Tuesday to promote diabetes awareness. Johnson will address the student body and staff at Brainerd High School at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The event is open to the public and special seating has been reserved. She also will speak to the Brainerd Rotary Club and students at Mississippi Horizons.
Johnson's visit is sponsored by Brainerd's Youth as Resources and the American Diabetes Association.
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