Meridian Star

October 5, 2013

Be a hero in the fight against diabetes

Meridian walk/5K run Oct. 12

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     A “hero” is defined as a person “admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.” You can be a hero by joining Honorary Chairs Linda Bruister and Deana Day and the Kandu Kids at the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s We Can Be Heroes! Mississippi’s Walk/5K Run for Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bonita Lakes in Meridian.

    Registration is at 8 a.m., with the Walk/Run starting at 9 a.m. The course is 3.1 miles, or participants can choose the one-mile family fun route. Walkers are asked to make a minimum donation of $20.

    Early bird registration for the 5K is $20 and $10 for kids. Day of registration/donation is $25 for adults. Teams and individuals are welcome. Those raising $50 and above will receive a commemorative Marshall Ramsey T-shirt featuring Banjo, the Super Hero.

    The walk’s “heroes” theme applies to those coping with diabetes, their families, doctors, educators, nurses, and firefighters and other emergency responders who must act quickly in diabetes-related emergencies, said Mary Fortune, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

    The DFM sponsors programs including Camp Kandu, Mississippi's only camp for children with diabetes and their families; “Sweet Subject” School Diabetes Education program and patient assistance. Every dollar raised by the Foundation stays in the state to support these efforts.

    In addition, 90 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes. The DFM received the coveted Charity Navigator four-star rating -- the highest rating awarded to nonprofit organizations and a title given to only 25 percent of all charities. The DFM is dedicated to every child, every adult and every family living with diabetes.

    “Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes brings attention to a disease that affects nearly half of our state’s population in one way or another, and what better way to promote healthy lifestyles than to come out and get to the heart of diabetes by walking for research, educational programs and life- saving medical supplies,” Fortune said. “So, come out, be a hero and walk with us. We can’t wait to see you there!”

    For more information on the walk or to make a donation, log onto or call 1-877-DFM-CURE (336-2873).


WHAT: We Can Be Heroes! Mississippi’s Walk/5K Run for Diabetes

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, Registration: 8 a.m.; Walk/Run 9 a.m.

WHERE Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian

INFORMATION: For registration or team captain information, call 601-957-7878 or log onto