More than 800 people walk to help cure Type 1 diabetes

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 800 people walked to bring awareness to an incurable disease that more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with each year.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin, a hormone necessary to turn food into energy, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

According to JDRF, as many as 3,000,000 Americans, including children and adults are living with the disease.

The Charleston JDRF Walk will be held at Daniel Island-Smythe Park.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:15 p.m. There will be food, games and other activities after the 1.2-mile walk.

"We keep it short," said Paige Kuehmeier, Co-Chair of the walk.{} "It does not matter how young or seasoned you may be you can start and finish the walk knowing you are helping the JDRF cause and your own health!"

JDRF walks are held in nearly 200 cities across the country each year.

Money raised goes toward preventing, better treating and curing Type 1 diabetes and its complications.