Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing atQuinnipiac University, will serve as honorary chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s North Haven Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Lange will be chairwoman for the second consecutive year.
“It’s a very worthy cause,” she said. “Diabetes has become such a prevalent disease in the United States. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in addition to actively raising significant funds to do ground-breaking research to find cure, also does a lot to raise awareness.”
The three-mile walk will take place on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk is slated to start at 10.
Quinnipiac groups scheduled to participate include the QU Student Nurses Association, School of Education, Future Teachers Organization, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Delta Pi , Kappa Alpha Theta, the acrobatics and tumbling team and the Ballroom Society. In addition, the QNSA will set up a table and provide health information, including coloring books for children, at the event.
“The walk is a nice way for our nursing students to support a cause that very much connects to the work they are going to be doing,” Lange said, adding that more than 70 nursing student walkers have signed up so far.
More than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, each year, according to the JDRF website. The foundation holds more than 200 walks every year and has raised $1 billion. For information or to register for the North Haven walk, visit the JDRF North Haven Walk website.