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Triad Walk To Cure Diabetes: Volunteer Profile, Steve Klee

Triad Walk To Cure Diabetes: Volunteer Profile, Steve Klee


September 26, 2002
WHO:

Steve Klee, a local attorney with Smith Moore LLP, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, also known as Type I diabetes, in late 1997

WHAT:

Klee has been helping raise community awareness by participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International's Walk to Cure Diabetes since 1998

Klee, with the help of others at his firm, recruits and coordinates a team of walkers from his law firm; finds friends and family to sponsor his walk; and arranges for Smith Moore, a law firm with more than 80 years of strong commitment and service to the Triad community, to be a Bronze Sponsor of the Walk each year

WHEN:

Greensboro Walk to Cure Diabetes: Saturday, September 28, 2002
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Walk Begins

WHERE:

Four-mile Walk begins at Grimsley High School
801 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408

SIGNIFICANCE:

"Volunteers like Steve are the reason we are able to raise money to fight Juvenile Diabetes," said Mike Conrad, Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International - Triad Chapter. "Steve tells his colleagues about the disease and the Walk, and they tell their friends and family. That kind of domino effect is what will help us achieve our goal of raising $1 million from our Walks in the Triad. We are proud of the fact that 87 cents of every dollar goes to research to find a cure for diabetes. The tremendous support of local corporations like Smith Moore, families and the general public are bring us within walking distance of a cure."

Steve Klee adds, "In addition to raising money for funding research, I hope the Walk will educate people concerning the risks and symptoms of, and number of people affected by the disease and raises awareness of the widespread implications the disease has for the children and adults who suffer from it. I'm glad Smith Moore and other local companies have continued their support for the Walk this year and encourage other Triad residents to come out and join with me, my family and coworkers in the fight to cure diabetes."

The purpose of the Walk is to inform the public and raise money to fight juvenile diabetes.

Michael Conrad
Executive Director, JDRFI-Triad
(336) 768-1027

About the Walk to Cure Diabetes:

The Walk to Cure Diabetes is a walkathon held in more than 200 locations throughout the year benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. More than 400 thousand men, women and children will participate this year. The Walk raised almost $70 million nationally last year for diabetes research.

About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International:

JDRF, the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes, a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $600 million to diabetes research worldwide. In a typical year, 87 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and education about research. JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org, call the national headquarters at 800-533-CURE or call the Triad Chapter at (336) 768-1027.

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