JDRF One Walk has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We hope you’ll join us this year as we walk and raise money for life-changing research for the millions affected by this devastating disease.
For the next few weeks before the walk, JDRF highlights a One Walk team in the One-Walk Team Spotlight on their website. This week’s team is FGMK’s very own “Rakers Rockets” a team led by FGMK Partner, Michael Rakers, and his wife, FGMK Senior Associate, Laura Rakers. See interview Q&A below.
Who are we walking for?
We walk for Kristen Rakers, who was diagnosed at age 3 (and is now 10).
Why did you pick your team’s name?
Rakers Rockets – Blasting Away Diabetes!
We wanted something catchy that would appeal to everyone as our team grew and one that people would remember.
How long have you had your team?
We’ve had our team for six years. Our first walk was 2010 – the year Kristen was diagnosed.
What is your favorite memory from your first walk?
It was so cold – and that didn’t matter – our friends and family still came out to support Kristen! Also, it was so funny, you couldn’t see Kristen’s face under all her cold weather gear in her stroller.
How can people support you?
Please visit our Rakers Rockets web page to register and/or donate to the cause! We thank you for your time and efforts!
JDRF’s research mission is to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). As the global leader in the fight against T1D, JDRF’s research programs are comprehensive — addressing the hopes and dreams of every person with T1D for the best quality of life and a cure for this disease.
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