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Lions Clubs lead walk for Diabetes

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Walking for Diabetes: Taylor Johnson, Pam Klossner, Chris Berger, Casey Johnson and Jim Johnson walk to support a cure for diabetes.

NEW ULM — The eighth annual Lions Club Diabetes Walk began Saturday morning at the Civic Center.

Each year the New Ulm and Lafayette Area Lions Clubs join forces to sponsor the diabetes walk to find a cure. The walk serves as fundraiser to conduct research on diabetes at the University of Minnesota.

A team of University of Minnesota research scientists are working with insulin-producing islet cells from medical-grade pigs that can be transplanted to humans to cure diabetes. This would eliminate the need for human donors and greatly reduce transplant wait time. With funding support, the goal is reach clinical trials by 2025.

Several dozens walkers take part in the event each year, many of whom have diabetes are have a family member with the disease. Diabetes can run in a family.

The overall goal of diabetes studies funded by Lions Clubs is to help people get into clinics as quickly as possible to prevent diabetes from occurring, better treat those suffering from diabetes, and/or cure those with diabetes.

The Lions will still accept donations. Anyone wishing to give to cause can send check to:

801 N. Payne Street, New Ulm Minnesota 56073.

Checks can be made payable to “New Ulm Diabetes Walk.”

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