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JDRF One Walk Dayton at Fifth Third Field Saturday

September 27, 2016

Dayton, OH - JDRF Southwest Ohio will host its annual JDRF One Walk Dayton on Saturday, October 1 at Fifth Third Field, where more than 2,500 participants are expected.

The event is one of more than 200 community Walks nationwide that bring together thousands of people each year who share JDRF's mission to create a world without T1D.

Walk check-in begins at 8:00 am. The 4k walk, which begins at 9:00 a.m., starts and ends at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton.

The Walk's Corporate Co-Chairs this year are Steve Petitjean, Market Manager at Fifth Third Bank and Liz Heitner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Synchrony Financial. There is also a committee of lead volunteers and walk coaches driving the Walk to success. 

"Our mission at JDRF is to turn type one into type none, and participating in the JDRF One Walk Dayton is a great way for individuals to support the Dayton community and experience a fun event. This year's Walk features the One Walk Model, which focuses on JDRF's mission to fund research for a cure for type one diabetes. We hope attendees will enjoy returning to Fifth Third Field as we've add some extra fun surprises for this year." said Samantha Redden, Dayton Development Coordinator for JDRF Southwest Ohio.

JDRF One Walk is the most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D, raising more than $75 million annually. As JDRF's flagship fundraising event and the largest T1D event in the world, JDRF One Walk provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your local JDRF community and show your commitment to creating a world without T1D.

Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion dollars for life-changing T1D research-research that has led to breakthrough discoveries, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing. Although there has been considerable progress, there is plenty more we have yet to accomplish. View past JDRF One Walk Dayton event photos at their Flickr page.

JDRF gratefully acknowledges its national corporate partners who support its efforts to create a world without T1D. The JDRF One Walk Elite Partners include Advance Auto Parts, Ford Motor Company, Lilly Diabetes, Marshalls, Novo Nordisk and Walgreens. Local corporate partners for Southwest Ohio's Walk include Fifth Third Bank, Synchrony Financial, Messer Construction, Dayton Childrens, Heidelberg Distributing, Ford Lima Engine Plant, RSM and Fifth Third Field. Event day emcees are John Seibel from WDTN with and Frye Guy from K99.1 FM.

Interested participants can find more information and register at or by contacting the Southwest Ohio office at (937) 690-9176.


About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For more information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook (JDRFSWOhio) or Twitter (JDRFSWOhio).