Great day to walk in the park for JDRF

Sixth Annual JDRF Walk

It was the perfect spring day for a walk in Quincy's South Park. It just happened to be for a very good cause.

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

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Hy-Vee put on the yearly walk that allows people from all over the Tri-States to come together and walk to cure diabetes.

More than 200 participants walked, ran and biked the event.

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.

"Ava's Army" came out again this year to show support for Ava Kaelke who has Type 1 Diabetes.

Harrison Hy-Vee Store Manager Steve Labs noted that this is the sixth year for the event. As a company, Hy-Vee has been involved for many years. Hy-Vee is in eight states and they have raised millions of dollars for this great cause.

If you want information on how to become involved or how to join the juvenile diabetes support system, contact the Harrison Hy-Vee at 217-224-9442 or on their Facebook page here.

Do you know someone that was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes? Post your comment below or share your story on our Facebook page here.