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Please mail checks to our local office:
American Diabetes Association
ATTN: Step Out - Buffalo Grove
55 E Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
127 Teams. 963 Walkers. Fundraise Now
Our Goal is $235,354.00. We've Raised $244,324.92. Make a Donation.
Thank you to all 1,200 walkers who joined us at Buffalo Grove's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, you are truly making a difference in the fight against diabetes! We had gorgeous weather and hope you had as much fun as we did!
Pictures are up on our Step Out Chicagoland Facebook page: facebook.com/stepoutchicagoland.
The post-event fundraising deadline to qualify for your fundraising incentive and turn in remaining funds was October 29th, 2013.
Certificates will be emailed the week of November 18th. Participants will be emailed their personalized certificate codes (those who have raised $200 or more are eligible) to log on to the prize redemption site, and your gift will be mailed directly to you.
“Why I Walk” by Dawn Marks, Mother to Ava
Ava awoke, but was so tired. I sat on the edge of her hospital
bed, and brought her little lethargic body closer to mine. Her little
head lied tucked in my arms by a hug, and she seemed so weak and definitely not
her cheerful 4-year old self. Her Endocrinologist had just finished
up examining her in the Emergency Room and came out to inform us that Ava was
in severe Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), and "could go to a very dark
place.” After he said it, I remember
trying to blink away the tears as I looked down to take a deep breath. After swallowing very hard, and looking
up at her doctor, I said in a frightened, shaky voice, “What do you mean a dark
place?” And he replied, “The darkest and scariest place you can think
of.” I remember I couldn't breathe when he said it, and to be
honest, reciting that phrase in my head still haunts my every thought every
single time I recall it. Without a doubt,
that day and phrase takes me to the darkest and scariest event of my life. It was April 24th, 2012, that DKA
brought us to a dangerously, scary place in Ava's life. But thanks
to the wonderful Diabetic resources, medications and treatments available, Ava
is here today. I am graciously thankful
for that, and to have resources like the ADA that is fighting for a cure with
us. That is why I Step Out.
I Step Out for the strongest willed and bravest five-year-old I know. She is full of energy, adventurous, a gymnast, plays soccer, loves riding ponies, enjoys school, and most recently professed she wants to be a pilot. Ava is so many wonderful things and such an inspiration to those that know her, and for those outsiders that don't know her, they would never guess that she is a Type I Diabetic unless they saw her getting her blood sugar levels checked. Ava has never let her Type I Diabetic condition affect her in any way or stop her from doing anything. In fact, Ava educates kids on the playground about how her body doesn't make insulin anymore, and she needs insulin for energy. Ava proudly wears her pink cotton candy colored Diabetic bracelet to Kindergarten, and will come home and talk about how she tells kids at school what Diabetes is, and how there are 3 other kids at her school that has Diabetes. Ava also recently made a video with her nanny about what it means to have Diabetes, and how to check your blood sugar levels. The way Ava views having Diabetes makes me so proud of her. To her, she just needs to be corrected with medicine (up to 10 times a day), and go on about her day. In September, I Stepped Out to find a cure for my incredible 5-year-old daughter, Ava, and for the millions of other Americans that are affected by this disease, and I will continue to do so until we find a cure!
By supporting Step Out, you are helping kids like Ava, and helping us get one step closer to stopping diabetes once and for all.
*To read more, please visit our Why We Walk page.
Buffalo Grove Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
Buffalo Grove, IL 60069
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