Fresno walk raises funds for juvenile diabetes research

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hundreds of people spent the morning walking for a cause. The Fresno area Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) hosted a 5k walk at Woodward Park on Saturday. Once people reached the finish line, they were treated to lunch from Chick-fil-A and salads from Walmart.

The event helped raise funds for juvenile diabetes research, which is the second highest disease among children in the Valley after only asthma.

"The Fresno area, the Central Valley, including Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties have the highest number of type 1 diabetes in juveniles not only within the state of California but also within the nation," said Chris Christopherson, chairman of the Fresno area committee for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

JDRF says one in 10 people in the Valley is affected by diabetes. The organization hopes to raise $64,000 for diabetes research and have already collected more than $42,000.

If you'd like to donate, it's not too late. You can still make a donation at through May 30 to help them reach their goal.

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