ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth will host the Downeast Community Walk to Stop Diabetes, an initiative of the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes.
This local grassroots walk event is organized by local volunteer coordinator Leslie Beyer and is open to the entire community.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and take a stand to stop diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School starting at 10 a.m.
The Downeast Community Walk started in 2015 and to date has raised over $19,000 to support the American Diabetes Association’s mission. In this, it has the local support of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Machias Savings Bank, Darling’s Chevrolet, Ellsworth Rotary, the MDI Lions Club, St. Dunstan’s Church and many others. It is the only community walk in Maine and is run entirely by volunteers.
Today, there are 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million with pre-diabetes. If present trends continue, 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050. The Downeast Community Walk will raise funds for type 1 and type 2 diabetes research and education programs.
For more information on the Oct. 20 walk, visit http://main.diabetes.org/goto/downeast2018.