The Little family, from Oklahoma, have their
own amazing Walk team.
The Little Family, of Oklahoma, spend a lot of time checking their thermometer, and not because they're feeling sick all the time. In fact, it's the opposite. Richard, his wife Melanie, and their two kids — Kaela and David, who both have juvenile diabetes — track the money donated by friends and relatives each year on a goal chart shaped like a thermometer. By taking part in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, they've pounded a lot of pavement and raised over $100,000 dollars so far.
How does it work?
JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes is a walkathon held in more than 200 different locations during each year. Over 3,500 families just like the Littles formed teams in 2003, raising tens of millions of dollars for diabetes research.
Each Walk is organized by a local JDRF chapter. To find your nearest chapter and register, grab a grown-up and visit the JDRF Walk Web site. Soon you'll be ready to form a team—five or more people who will collect pledges for donations and take part in the Walk together.
What can I do to get started?
Once you register, you can begin by creating a great letter to send to friends and relatives, telling them about the Walk and asking them to help with a pledge. In the Little family, this is Kaela's job.
Kaela also helps by sharing her number-one advantage—her team spirit. One way to let your spirit shine is to design a team T-shirt. JDRF even sponsors a contest that awards prizes for originality and creativity.
Now tell your feet to get walking!