On November 13, Balboa Park will host the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, bringing together local families, corporations, and schools with the common purpose of curing a disease that affects more than 24 million Americans. Many children will be dressing up as their favorite wild animal to celebrate this year’s theme, Wild for a Cure. Wild Wonders and its nonprofit partner Zoofari will be providing education on wildlife in the walk’s Kids Zone. Zoofari’s goal is to excite the public and foster a desire to preserve and learn about wildlife and the important role they play on the planet we share.
Each of the expected 4,000 walkers will be raising funds to help support scientific research in the area of diabetes. JDRF currently funds more than $9 million in research in San Diego including research grants at The Pediatric Diabetes Research Center at UCSD, The La Jolla Institute of Allergy & Immunology, and The Salk Institute, among others. Registration starts at 6:30am; the walk begins at 8am.
“We are thrilled to have Zoofari at the walk to celebrate our Wild for a Cure theme and provide our walkers with an educational opportunity about wildlife,” notes Sean McParland, executive director of JDRF.
“Zoofari is proud to partner with JDRF at this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. Zoofari is a community oriented organization with a focus on educating the public on wildlife issues and we look forward to this opportunity,” says Jackie Navarro, executive director of Wild Wonders. (858/597-0240, www.jdrfsd.org, www.wildwonders.org)