Residents can put on their sneakers to fight against diabetes this Sunday. Meridian’s ninth annual Mississippi Walk for Diabetes is taking place at Bonita Lakes.
“We invite everybody to come out. Registration starts at one and the walk begins at two,” said Taylor Anderson, a team captain.
This year’s theme is “Be Someone’s Hero.” Hundreds are expected to participate as a way to celebrate those who have diabetes.
“We just want to come out and support Emma and make her feel special and spread awareness about diabetes in Mississippi,” said Brad Holley, a Meridian resident.
Emma, who is seven years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was five. She is walking with her family to show others what it’s like to live with the disease.
“It’s kind of hard, but then once you do it for a while, it’s easier,” said Emma Holley.
There is a $20 minimum fundraising goal for each participant. Every dollar raised will go towards the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Saveda Williams, a team captain, shares why events like this are so important.
“Everybody knows somebody that has diabetes. Sometimes we’re not aware of the symptoms and the signs. The event gives out a lot of good information about the things you should look for and things that are just normal… certain ages, your diet, all that plays a part in treating and diagnosing diabetes.”
Staff members from Fox 30 News are participating in the walk and hope to see you there!