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Wildwood To Host Diabetes Fundraiser [AUDIO]

Wildwood is gearing up to host the annual Walk To Cure Diabetes next weekend on the Boardwalk.

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The city is partnering with several area businesses and the South Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to coordinate the event on Saturday, May 18th.

“We’re raising funds to help diabetes research,” said Wildwood Spokesperson, Caroline Ranoia.

The money raised will go to the JDRF as they continue to work to find a cure for diabetes, which affects nearly 3 million Americans.

Ranoia says it’s important “to raise money and raise awareness of how this disease is just so debilitating, and how it affects so many people.”

Registration for the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at Morey’s Adventure Pier with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

The event will feature a three mile route around the scenic Wildwood Boardwalk and a DJ playing tunes to motivate the walkers.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re really looking forward to hosting this event and getting lots of participation,” Ranoia said.

The JDRF has raised more than $1.5 billion for diabetes research worldwide, and nearly 600,000 walkers participated in similar fundraisers last year.

This will be Wildwood’s first time hosting the event.

“It’s really important for us to conduct events like this,” Ranoia explained.

To register a team for the walk, or for more information, visit the JDRF website or call (856) 429-1101.

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