DRI Walk for Diabetes & Family Fun Day Presented by Walgreens
Thousands of people from across South Florida laced up their sneakers to help find a cure for diabetes at the 6th annual DRI Walk for Diabetes & Family Fun Day, presented by Walgreens earlier this month at Miami's Marlins Park. Participants enjoyed a fun-filled day, which included a walk inside the state-of-the-art-ball park, a DRIRun4ACure 5K/10K/ and Kids' Superhero Fun Run, vendor product sampling, free goodies, bounce houses, face painting, health booths, meet and greets with Everglades Squad Fan Page / The 501st Legion Star Wars characters, Billy the Marlin of the Miami Marlins, and much more. Through the support of community members in attendance, family teams, corporate teams, sponsors, and volunteers, more than $250,000 was raised for the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).
The event comes together each year thanks to great partnership between Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain; and the DRI, a Center of Excellence at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. Through this unified effort, which includes the generous support of team fundraisers, Walgreens customers and associates who made donations by purchasing scannables at their local Walgreens stores, and corporate sponsors throughout the years, more than $1.7 million has been raised toward a cure since the inception of this event.
“We’re grateful for Walgreens, family teams, sponsors, and all who continue to grow this event and make it a special day for members of the South Florida community who are affected by diabetes,” said Diabetes Research Institute Foundation President and CEO Joshua Rednik. “This joint effort is helping us take one step closer toward our sole goal of developing a biological cure for the millions of people living with this difficult disease.”
“Walgreens is grateful to once again support the fundamental work of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. We are thankful for the generosity of our patients, customers, vendors and associates, and their continued support of the DRI Walk For Diabetes & Family Fun Day, from their partaking on event day by creating awareness for a cure, to the contributions they’ve made through the “scannables” program,” said Roy Ripak, Walgreens Regional Vice President.
This year’s signature sponsors also included Walgreens, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Coca Cola, Island Planet, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Red Bull, Chelly Cosmetics, Omni Pod, the Miami Marlins, MultiRace and Sole Runners. As well as our media partners Comcast, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, Pinecrest Magazine and Entercom. All proceeds raised benefit the Diabetes Research Institute, the Best Hope for a Cure.
Photos by Zudly J. Cardona Photography
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