Former Ingham County District Court Judge Tom Brennan is co-chairing the walk. His son Tom was diagnosed with Juvenile, or insulin-dependent diabetes, when he was ten years old.
Tom says the illness is always present and never takes a vacation. He must monitor his blood sugar level throughout the day and give himself insulin injections. He faces long-term complications of the illness in the future.
Type I diabetes is an autoimmune illness in which the body does not produce insulin. The illness affects the entire family. And in the Brennan's case this is especially true. Tom's brother Patrick was also diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes just six months ago. He is 20 years old.
Experts say the incidence of Type I diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, but a cure is possible within the Brennan brothers lifetime. And events like the "Walk for the Cure" helps raise money to find that cure.
The Mid-Michigan walk is scheduled for August 6th at 10 am. MSU football coach John L. Smith is the honorary chairman.
It will start at the Ralph Young Field on MSU's campus. Visit www.JDRF.org for more information.