Beta Chapters's Dash for Diabetes

The Dash for Diabetes was a 5K Charity run/walk that took place at the University of Texas at Dallas on April 9, 2011 to raise awareness of Type I Diabetes and raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The goal of the Dash for Diabetes was to bring together members of the University of Texas at Dallas, City of Richardson/Plano, and various local businesses to work together for a good cause.

Saturday morning we had over 200 people registered to run or volunteer and started off with three key guest speakers. The first speaker, 10-year-old Marissa, spoke about her daily struggles with Type I Diabetes and how she lives with it. Her voice brought tears to the audience as many were unaware of how diabetes affects people. The second speaker was Councilmember Omar Amir from the Richardson City Council. Councilmember Amir spoke about how local communities and the city can work together and become productive when it comes to philanthropic causes. Finally, Mr. Zachary Shirley, the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Texas at Dallas emphasized the good that Greek lettered organizations can bring to growing communities in terms of bringing awareness and raising funds for philanthropic endeavors.

After the opening ceremonies the race began and over 150 runners got together and ran the 3.3 miles (5.1 kilometer) course around the University. The run was "exciting and fun" and people drove from as far as Wichita Falls, Texas (140 miles) to run and walk at our event.

It is because of the support of the University of Texas at Dallas, the City of Richardson, and various local businesses that our Dash for Diabetes was a tremendous success. We raised a great amount of awareness for Type I Diabetes and money for JDRF to help find a cure.

For pictures and media from the event, please visit the Dash for Diabetes website at http://dashfordiabetes.org/. We look forward seeing everyone back next year!

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Pavan Dave
Beta Chapter