Diabetes Walk At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A step in the right direction to raise money in the fight against diabetes. I was honored to serve as emcee again.


Saturday morning was bright and sunny at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It was a little chilly but it was still a perfect morning to be outside at what has to be one of the nation's most scenic zoos.  Take a look.

Hundreds were there to be a part of this year's Step Out to Fight Diabetes..the annual fund raising walk for the American Diabetes Association.  There are more than 300,000 people in Colorado living with diabetes and there is no cure...yet.  The walk is part of the constant effort to change that.  I was proud to serve as emcee.

I'm also proud to tell you that, according to the ADA website page on Saturday's walk, the KKTV 11 News Team raised the most of all the corporate teams in the walk.  We were able to get $1,890 in donations.  We were also a sponsor, along with K-lite 106.3, and several others.  Here's me with Captain Dan and Paul from K-lite.

According to  the website, the top fundraiser in the family/friend category was a team called Tammy Lobato our Family Angel.  They brought in $4,607.  I talked briefly to one team member on Saturday.  This is a team that raises an impressive amount of money every year for this event.  Congratulations to them.  The top team in the club/organization category appears to be team RED, with $3,110 raised.  Another great effort!  These are all preliminary and unconfirmed totals.  Of course it's not a contest, it's just a chance to bring in as much money as possible for an important cause.  I brought my niece Kate and my nephews Evan and Ryan along for the zoo day.  They loved feeding the giraffes.

 So did 11 News Anchor Betty Sexton and her daughter Sierra.

If you don't know anyone now who has diabetes, you will some day, probably sooner rather than later.  By some estimates there are tens of thousands of people in Colorado right now who have it and don't even know they have it.  It's encouraging that so many people gave their time Saturday to step out, to try and stomp out diabetes.  Here are some of them.

 Finally, after the walk I did a little on-camera explanation of my involvement and KKTV's commitment to the cause.  A production company is putting together a video to be used to help recruit more walkers and teams and sponsors for next year.

I hope it helps and I hope you'll consider being part of this next year.  Every person makes a difference, every person takes a step..there are many more to come.  If you don't know anyone with diabetes now, you probably will by then.

We'll talk again (and walk again) soon.



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