JDRF Illinois recently held its 41st annual JDRF One Walk at Centennial Park, in Orland Park. 

Over 4,000 supporters attended the walk, including many from the Beverly/Morgan Park area, with a loved one with type-1 diabetes (T1D).

A chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age, T1D affects the body’s immune system and destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body.

It requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications.

T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable, and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.

The Roberto Family, from Calabria Imports in Beverly, attends the walk yearly to support their daughter, Julia. They raise funds at Calabria before the walk, gather donations from family and friends and then walk to support Julia, who is on the volunteer site committee as the entertainment lead.

The Mother McAuley High School a Capella Choir and the Mac Melodies attend the JDRF One Walk every year to sing the National Anthem and perform along the walk path. Julie McKee, of Beverly, leads the choirs. McKee’s son, Sean, has T1D. Julie’s sister, Eileen Durkin, of Beverly, also has a son with T1D.

The JDRF One Walk is the largest and most powerful fundraising program in the world for T1D. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research. This funding has enabled research on how to prevent, delay and ultimately cure T1D. It has led to life-changing drugs, treatments and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.

For more information, visit the website at walk.jdrf.com.