Community shows support for JDRF

The group nicknamed "Ava's Army" came out to support little Ava Kaelke who has Type 1 Diabetes

The annual JDRF Walk/Run/Ride event kicked off in the parking lot of Hy-Vee on Harrison Saturday at 9 a.m.

JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the yearly walk allows people from all over the Tri-States to come together to show their support the organization.

Nearly 100 participants walked, ran and biked the event and enjoyed a cool spring day as the route took them through Quincy's South Park.

Event organizers say that Juvenile Diabetes is not well known and their goal is not only to raise awareness but to show that kids with the condition are just like other kids.

One group in particular, nicknamed "Ava's Army," came out to show support for Ava Kaelke.

Ava has Type 1 Diabetes and her group, including her parents Chris and Ronda Kaelke and supporters, helped kick off the Saturday event by leading the walkers.

"Here in Quincy we've had this walk five years now," Harrison Hy-Vee Store Manager Steve Labs said. "As a company we've been involved for many years. Hy-Vee is in eight states and we've raised a million dollars every year for the last five years."

"We just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this great cause." Labs said.

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