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Diabetes Walk raises funds for research

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Dozens of diabetes survivors and their families attended the Lion’s Club Diabetes Walk Saturday morning. This was the Fourth annual Diabetes Walk. In the last four years the local Lion’s Club has raised around $30,000 to find a cure for diabetes.

NEW ULM — The fourth annual Lions Club Diabetes Walk was held Saturday morning at the Civic Center.

Each year the Lion Club strives to raise around $13,000 to find a cure for diabetes, which is on the rise. The organization has already raised $30,000 in the last four years. All of the funds go to the University of Minnesota to research a cure.

“Our dream is that in the future when a parent brings in a child with type-one diabetes instead of loading the up with insulin they can get a islet cell transfer and be cured,” Bob Schirlinger said.

This dream has never been closer to reality. Schirlinger said there has been successful islet cell transplant trial. Paperwork has already been submitted to the FDA. The hope is this could lead to islet transplant being as common as lung, heart or kidney transplant. This would effectively cure anyone with type-one diabetes.

Schirlinger said the funds would also help research the cause of type-one diabetes, as this is still a mystery to the medical community.

Those who were unable to attend the Diabetes Walk, but which to donate may send a check to Bob Schirlinger at 801 N. Payne Street, New Ulm, MN 56073. Schirlinger said anyone with further questions about the Diabetes Fund could call him at 507-354-8940.

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