Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the biggest health concerns in Mississippi and South Mississippians are taking note of that and working towards a cure and making a difference.
On Saturday, members of the community came out for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes. This year’s theme was ‘we are family’ in hopes of everyone coming together, family or not, for this event.
Walks like this have been going on across the state for about 25 years, but this is the 12th year of the Coast walk.
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi hopes these types of community gatherings will help raise awareness and take the stigma off of this disease. Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Regional Coordinator Ashley Johnson said, “Everybody knows somebody with diabetes, one in eight Mississippians has it, but you know if you hear diabetes you always assume ‘oh well someone just ate too much sugar, that’s what happened’ which is not the case at all and so we just think that it’s very important for people to be educated so they can take care of themselves with diabetes and even prevent type II diabetes.”
The money raised in this walk will go directly to help fund some of the services the Diabetes Foundation provides like patient assistance, diabetes education, and even a camp for kids with diabetes.