Fundraiser, October 1 from 6-9 p.m.

Thirty million people in the United States have diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. It isn't just affecting our older and over weight generations anymore, but children are being diagnosed with a disorder they shouldn't have to worry about.

Every year, the American Diabetes Association hosts Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in order to raise funds in the name of diabetes research and, ultimately, to find a cure for the disorder. The Walk is a little over three miles and takes place in downtown Chicago.

As a member of the American Diabetes Association Young Professionals Board, I have dedicated my time to help this effort succeed and hope to continue the effort in the years to come. In collaboration with local organizations such as Arte y Vida Chicago and Tall Hispanic Short Hispanic Productions, I hope to host a small fundraiser complete with entertainment, food and raffles, charging a small affordable fee at the door, with all proceeds going to the Walk.

I am asking you to join in the effort to get the word out and help spread knowledge about this epidemic that is taking the world by storm.

If you cannot attend the event, but are interested in donating, please visit  http://bit.ly/reDU4T

In order to raise awareness, we need the help of the entire community to make a difference. As a supporter of diabetes awareness and research, you will be placing a stake in the ground toward healthier lifestyles and progression in helping, not only the diabetic community at large, but the Latino community that we, together, are members. Latinos, as well as other communities of color, are hit hardest by the diabetes epidemic and it's time to start doing something about it. This is your opportunity.

Donations and contributions from:

Bandito Studios

alBerto Trevino Photography

Mikey O Comedy

Mano y Metal

Sirena85

 LatinoScoop.com

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    As a person with Type 1 diabetes for the last 20 years of her life, Christina or "Kiki" for short, decided to take it upon herself to write about her findings, experiences and struggles with her disease. Her inspiration to educate people about all types of diabetes can be found communicated in this blog.

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