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American Diabetes Association hosts Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The American Diabetes Association hosted an event named the "Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes" at Mackenzie Park Saturday morning, where hundreds of Lubbock citizens gathered to help raise awareness and money in hopes of researchers finding a cure for the growing disease. 

Trent Hendrick, chair of the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, said this is the 25th anniversary of the event.

"We have programs throughout the year that allow us to inform the public of things going on and then we have also funded two researchers at the Health Sciences center, we have a camp in the summer for kids with Type 1 diabetes and our goal is to improve the lives of those affected by this disease. I think we've done that the last 25 years. It's been awesome," Hendrick said.

Hendrick said the number of people in Lubbock with this disease is reaching epidemic proportions.  

"The number of people in Lubbock, Texas, who have type 1 or type 2, or gestational diabetes can fill Jones Stadium two times. I mean, that's crazy that there's that many people. Also the fact that there is just so many people being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with no family history so a lot of it is what we are doing with our lifestyle and our diets," Hendrick said.

He added this a growing problem nationally, as he said it is vital for the country to keep raising awareness about diabetes. 

"You know, 1 in 3 Americans have diabetes of some sort, so it affects so many people. It's crazy. It's just something that needs to be handled," Hendrick said.

Hendrick said the event is raising anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000.

"The money we're raising helps go towards research, which hopefully means somebody will find a cure. That's our main goal, but in the meantime, we want to help those people who have issues and improve their lives," Hendrick said.

Over the last 25 years, Hendrick said the program has raised over $5 million.

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