WARREN (WWJ) – It’s a disease that affects millions in the U.S.

Some six-thousand people walked to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Sunday in Warren.

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Officials tell WWJ’s Beth Fisher that about one million dollars was raised by volunteers.

Local fund Executive Director Kate Durak spoke with Fisher about the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes:

“… (it) raises money for research, into the cure, treatment and prevention of diabetes – so all the money that we raise goes into a big research pool – that then gets distributed throughout the world to the most leading edge research projects,” she said.

Durak says that there are better treatments for diabetes and they are closer to a cure.

Edna Young of Highland Park had diabetes for 30 years before undergoing a kidney and pancreas transplant.

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Young feels confident that a cure is within sight.

“Everyone supports it … and I still support it … I never think never,” Young said.

Cindy Thomason of Sterling Heights walked because her 35-year-old was diagnosed when he was younger.

“We were totally shocked because he 19 and had lost a bunch of weight,” said Thomason. “Then he was drinking a lot of liquids and just constant and he was unable to sleep.”

About 40 million people suffer from diabetes – about 3 million with Type 1 diabetes.

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