Volume 94, Issue 4

Friday, June 9, 2000


NEWS

All's quiet on the Windsor front

Coroner releases rave report

USC to branch out with for-profit arm

Police stand-off ends in tragedy

Walking to find a cure for diabetes

Prelude to an election

Protestors clash with the pepper spray

A world without the Hart House

Corroded Disorder

Walking to find a cure for diabetes



By Lori Dysievick
Gazette Writer



Organizers of the Shoppers Drug Mart Walk for the Cure declared the event a major success as 1,400 people circled the paths along the Thames River last Sunday, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada.

Fred Ortbach, corporate recruitment chair for the fifth annual London Walk for the Cure, said this year's event raised over $130,000, surpassing last year's total of $89,000.

Steven Gill, VP-operations for Shoppers Drug Mart said the walk was promoted by each store throughout the month of May. Gill added he was pleased with the success of this year's event. "We had more walkers this year than last year. It was a great turnout," he said.

London walk co-ordinator Lori Pallen, said over 80 volunteers helped to organize the event.

"We couldn't have asked for a better day," Pallen said of Sunday's warm weather. She said participants walked, ran, cycled and roller-bladed around the 10 kilometre route, which began at the University Community Centre at Western.

Many came out to enjoy the nice weather, but some came for personal reasons.

Carmel Fleming, a London resident whose father and brother both have diabetes, said her whole family made the walk. "It's a good feeling that we can help do something," she said.

Thirteen-year-old Kyle Elliott sat on the grass after the walk, enjoying the lunch provided for participants. Elliott's father Bob, said his son was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes in 1998.

To raise money, Elliott's entire family, including uncles, aunts and cousins made the walk. Together with his parents, Elliott raised over $3,000 by holding dances for his peers in Dorchester, all of which he donated to the foundation, Bob said.

Many participants are hopeful research will soon lead to a cure for the debilitating disease.

"It's at our fingertips," said Pallen, who lost her father to diabetes. "I look at these kids and think I hope in their lifetime they see [diabetes] cleared," she said.

Elliott said he hopes diabetes is cured in his lifetime so he can do things he was able to do before he developed diabetes. "I miss being able to eat a big bowl of ice cream."


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